Until Saturday morning, we are going to hear more and more about the Mayan calendar, the end of the world and tips on how to survive an apocalypse. Chances are what we’ll hear will be a repetition of what we have been hearing since 2000, when it became clear that people we wrong about that apocalypse.
The theme of the apocalypse is not a new one, of course. People have been announcing the end of the world for centuries. When 1666 came around the corner, people in Europe panicked, thinking this would be the year of the devil, the end of the world. The same was announced about 2000, both by people quoting the Bible and others who thought computers would stop working entirely and chaos would follow. Now it’s the Mayans’ turn to provide inspiration for the apocalypse discourse.