I made a reference to this article a couple of weeks ago. The contributor has a very interesting perspective on the intertwining aspects of technology, mass social mood, and the rapidly changing world. He seems to align with the interpretation of 1999 beginning the "fear and anger" cycle.
"The question is: Will we be able to move beyond this decade of anxiety?The new millennium looked as it was off to an edgy start in 2000 with mass paranoia about the Y2K bug infecting the world’s computers. After that scare fizzled out, an actual disaster struck, driving panic into the hearts of many in the West: The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. The collective mood of the first decade of this millennium has been, in some ways, coloured by the reactions to this unprecedented and savage attack on U.S. terrain. Fear has been the decade’s dominant theme, leading leaders in many countries to use technology to expand their military might, their spy networks and their “security.” With 2010 arriving next month, many are wondering whether the “war on terror” and all that’s gone with it has accomplished much. For one thing, fewer people than ever seem to feel secure."
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