Matt Drudge says that NBC is doing a Y2K movie for sweeps week. Do you think this will impact folks more than "real" news has? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

It would seem that contrary to previous reports that not all of the networks are going to cancel their Y2K movies! Apparantly, NBC is getting alot of pressure to do just that. Assuming that it does get aired. Do you think the public will react FINALLY and prepare? Will it get the ratings that they expect? Will it get aired at all? How much disinformation will be put out to "put out the fire"?

-- ynott (, September 24, 1999


This could be an interesting exercise in observing spin control set to MAX.


-- Chuck, a night driver (, September 24, 1999.

I'll be *very* surprised if it does *not* have a very happy ending.

-- Ron Schwarz (, September 24, 1999.

This could be a very funny movie if it shows the White House, Congress, etc. losing water and electricity due to Y2k problems. Does the White House have a generator? Will it work? Does Congress have one? Will GSA run it? Will it work? Will electricity and traffic lights in D C work? Any resemblence between the movie and reality will be coincidental. If the movie is realistic, my guess is that it will not be shown.

-- Moe (Moe@3stooges.gom), September 24, 1999.

If NBC utilises this forum as an "informed source," the film will likely be riddled with disinformation and fear-mongering. But that is not fair, as most who claim to be "Y2K experts" have descended into the conspiratorial to keep the meme alive.

What's next? My guess is something akin to gnosticism..."It was really bad 000101, but on a spiritual had to be very deep to comprehend it all." or some similar drivel.

Andy Ray

-- Andy Ray (, September 24, 1999.

I would be surprised if more than a handful of people are motivated to start prepping. People just don't get it. Hopefully, I'm wrong. And you can bet that spin control will be out in full force. Should be interesting.

-- (, September 24, 1999.

I personally don't think the public will view this movie as being likely to happen. I saw Trigger Effect and didn't think it was a very well made movie, it didn't make me want to run out and become one of the mob (I thought they were dumb for doing it). I saw Jaws and I still swim in the ocean. I saw Earthquake and I'm still living in California waiting for the BIG 8 and beachfront property. Us doomers will watch it though to see how credible they will make it.

-- bardou (, September 24, 1999.

If the movie is classified "entertainment", then that will entertain the masses. If it'd be classified as "documentary" on the other hand, then perhaps that would scare a few more into preps. But I'm convinced that anyone who were to GI did last year, there have been enough media nugets to nudge such people to look into the issue closer.

Since around February, I've felt that there would never be a panic or mass awareness. The gov. has just too much power with mind-control.

-- Chris (#$%^&, September 24, 1999.

Very good responses, folks! It will be spin control to the max and that will be fun to watch as will the approach that they take.

My guess is that it will all depend on the timing. what if serious things were happening in the "real" world at thesame time? What if the ATM's weren't working that day or your bank developed problems or your power "suddenly" went out for a few hours. Doesn't have to be Y2K related....but it will put the fear of God into some folks, don't you think? If nothing is happening, well, I doubt the movie will change any minds....they'll probably make us all sound like kooks...sigh...

-- Ynott (, September 24, 1999.


That one word just about sums up everything you've ever posted, Andy Ray.

-- Nabi (, September 24, 1999.

If anything Y2K serious is going on in the "real" world, TPTB will block the airing of the movie.

-- Ashton & Leska in Cascadia (, September 24, 1999.

Why are you so worried about whether it will be a good movie? I figure they are basing it on INVAR's Bagga Saga. I'm all for that cuz I'd finally get to find out how the story ends! Maybe Tommy Lee Jones as the ultra-intense Milne. Who else? Of course, the R+ rating would mean it could only be seen on cable, which I don't have. ;-(

-- Brooks (, September 24, 1999.

NBC is in the entertainment business, aiming at the broadest possible audience, so I don't expect the movie to have much substance. It will almost surely trivialize the Y2K threat have a happy ending. Its message will most likely be "this is scary, like a roller coaster ride, but at the end you can always get off safely", which will give folks a quick thrill before they slip beneath the covers into blissful sleep.

If there are serious Y2K events going on in the real world at the time, I doubt if the movie will be aired unless it's totally innocuous.

-- cody varian (, September 24, 1999.

Remember folks General Electric owns NBC. I don't think they are going to produce anything to cause any waves. GE has a vested interest in "keeping the public calm".

-- kergan (, September 24, 1999.

Hey, Andy Ray. Nice misdirection. Don't talk about the issue, talk about the people who disagree with you about the issue. Resort to arcane psychobabble like "memes". (Well, I guess it might actually impress somebody.)

Is there some reason you prefer to misdirect people from the issue? Or is mention of "reason" asking a little too much from you?

-- Lane Core Jr. (, September 24, 1999.

Paul Milne: Played by the Ever Subtle Dolph Lundgren/ Big Dog: Played by Robert Redford/ Old Git: Played by Helen Mirren/ Will Continue: Played by Linda Hamilton/ Andy: Played by Herve Villechaize (yes I know he's dead)/ Flint: Played by Chris Rock/ Ashton and Leska: Kris Kristofferson and Matt Damon; or Rae Dawn Chong and Carly Simon; or Matt Damon and Rae Dawn Chong sorry not sure of gender or orientation guys) Anita: Played by Fran Drescher/ INVAR: Played by Dennis Hopper/ King of Spain: Played by Jessie Ventura/ Cory Hamasaki: Played by John Goodman/ Ed Yourdon: Played by Yoda

-- (, September 24, 1999.


Here's how the y2k movie will go down, it's pure spin genius.

The world is thought to be on the brink of chaos as y2k looms. A genius appears on the scene with a silver bullet, but does s/he have enough time to avert a global meltdown. The clock ticks, the tension mounts, the ball drops in time square. AAAAGGGGGHHHHH, ran out of time before the fix.......

....But wait....nothing's happening......everything is still working just we're barraged with a collage of scenes of banks and power companies and stores all still working just fine. Turns out this y2k thing WAS really all hot air.

Then all the characters have a good hardy laugh at the end. " I thought you were toast Bob!" "Yeah me too Frank!" Ha Ha ha ha...

See, now the final nail is in the coffin, now NOTHING will cause the masses to miss out on the Christmas shopping.


-- CygnusXI (, September 24, 1999.


-- Linda A. (, September 24, 1999.

Anyone that takes seriously what NBC (or other networks) shows as a documentary, news, or their talk shows, etc., regardless of the direction of the spin, needs to take out their Y2K shotgun and blow out the TV screen.

TV is useful only for watching "Buffy," "The Highlander," "Mad TV" ...

Brown color to celebrate TSHTF.

-- A (, September 24, 1999.

I will, of course, have a few extra supplies on hand before the movie airs just in case.

-- Andy Ray (, September 24, 1999.

Anything to get you moving in the right direction, AR. I'm sure anything would be an improvement over what you usually have in your hand when you watch movies.


-- Will continue (, September 24, 1999.

Someone wiser than I (and much wiser than anyone else on this forum) once stated that imitation is the highest form of flattery. Where does that leave impersonation, one wonders?


Flattered Regards,
Andy Ray

-- Andy Ray (, September 24, 1999.

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