Sydney Morning Herald
The space agency said it had been flooded with calls and emails from people asking about the purported end of the world - which, as the doomsday myth goes, is apparently set to take place on December 21.
The myth may have originated with the Mayan calendar, but in the age of the internet and social media it proliferated online, raising questions and concerns among people around the world who turned to NASA for answers.
Let’s look at this logically- ha, ha
Prior to the movie, nobody thought the world was going to end in 2012.
After the movie, a surge of publicity and sage remarks from unused internet colons spread the myth online.
The result is that people actually believe that crap.
It’s currently 21st December here in Australia. The world has not ended, but it has got a bit muggy. It’s great for the mugs, but not exactly Earth-shattering.
It’s interesting how popular the end of the world is as a subject. Rather than do anything about it, people would apparently prefer it to end. Presumably someone issues a receipt and that’s it.
These people have families, drive cars, own guns and vote, and they’re quite clearly prepared to accept information from Hollywood, that home of sanity, that the world is about to end. These are educated people- By the standards currently claiming to be a form of education. They see a movie, can’t be bothered checking any other information and ring NASA to find out whether the world is ending.
The really interesting thing is what you’re supposed to do with that information.
Rush off to some sanctuary thoughtfully provided by the producers?
Ask a Mayan for directions?
Thank God for mass media, because otherwise you’d never have known?
Buy a few more Ayn Rand books to find out how to approach the problem ideologically?
Start a church on the basis that you and only you have the information, and warn people to get rid of all that money because they won’t need it in the afterlife/intermission?
Reminds me of a story by Russell Johnson, the professor on Gilligan’s Island
. He was asked to come in and talk to the Coast Guard. The Coast guard commander showed him piles of letters from worried citizens demanding that the Coast Guard rescue the castaways.
Apparently things haven’t changed much.