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NewsloreContemporary Folklore on the Internet$
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Russell Frank

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739282

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739282.001.0001

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Not-So-Heavenly Gates

Not-So-Heavenly Gates

Newslore of the Digital Age

(p.151) 7 Not-So-Heavenly Gates

Russell Frank

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the newslore that has attached itself to the person of software mogul Bill Gates and the response to business and government warnings of economic upheaval in the event of computer failures on January 1, 2000, the so-called Y2K problem. It provides some examples of jokes about Gates and the Millennium Bug. This chapter also suggests that the Y2K story connects to urban legends about harmful technology when it cites those who see the millennium bug as a punishment for our overdependence on technology.

Keywords:   Bill Gates, Y2K problem, newslore, economic upheaval, Millennium Bug, urban legends, harmful technology

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