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Let’s Talk 2000

From 1995 to 1999, I edited the leading turn of the millennium bulletin for civic leaders, academics and consultants called “Let’s Talk 2000.” Here are the monthly archives.
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The Talk 2000 Forum Tutorial

Talk 2000Participation in the Talk 2000 Forum
One way to describe the Talk 2000 forum would be as a new millennium “learning community” to use a buzzword by Peter M. Senge. His book, The Fifth Discipline, describes his ideal of organizations working in community to encourage team learning, build shared vision, uncover mental maps, encourage personal mastery and solve common problems through systems thinking. This section was designed to help you navigate your way through the often unmarked terrain of a “new” newsgroup or mailing list.

3.1 Who reads the Talk 2000 forum?

3.2 What special terms does the forum use?

3.3 What is the charter of Talk 2000?

3.4 What topics does Talk 2000 discuss?

3.5 Why is the newsgroup named bit.listserv.2000ad-l?

3.6 How do I subscribe to bit.listserv.2000ad-l or 2000ad-l?

3.7 What if my 2000ad-l mail volume becomes to much?

3.8 Are articles posted to Talk 2000 copyrighted?

3.9 How would I quote the Talk 2000 forum in a research paper?

3.10 What is the moderation policy?

3.11 How do I submit a post to Talk 2000?

3.12 How do I keyword my article?

3.13 Where is the Talk 2000 web site?

3.14 How do I submit suggestions to revise this FAQ?

3.15 How can I obtain the latest FAQ version?


Subject: 3.1 WHO READS THE TALK 2000 FORUM?

Many people of outstanding backgrounds take the time to read the Talk 2000 forum and share their perspectives. We have students, trivia buffs, grandparents, futurists, historians, adult educators, community organizers, festival planners, people from the arts, special event professionals, writers, corporate leaders, church leaders and civic leaders. Our readership contains just about anybody who would like to help society meaningfully commemorate the advent of the third millennium.

Bit.listserv.2000ad-l and 2000ad-l is a place to exchange ideas, announce events, post questions and carry on discussions about the various millennial celebrations from 1999 to 2001 and their legacy to civilization. Whatever your background, you are welcome to join this forum to learn and to share.



All my life I felt as if I have been exploring a shore and looking at a few pretty shells
here and there, while the whole ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me.

–Isaac Newton (on his deathbed)


In alphabetical order, here are special terms used in bit.listserv.2000ad-l to express various facets of the culture of the year 2000.

A.D.–abbreviation for Anno Domini (Latin), “the Year of Our Lord;” in reference to the count of years measured from the birth of Christ, arbitrarily fixed as A.D. 1. Dating by the Annus Domini system was first proposed in 525 and adopted in A.D. 644.
B.C.–abbreviation for “Before Christ,” as in 44 B.C. The notation of counting backwards from the birth of Christ was first proposed by Jacques Bossuet in 1681.
Bimillennial–an anniversary or celebration of an event that occurred 2,000 years earlier, such as the 2,000th anniversary of the birth of Augustus, Virgil or Christ.
Bimillennium–a 2,000-year period or celebrations relating to that epoch of history.
C.E.–abbreviation for Common Era. A secular reference used in place of A.D., meant to function without reference to the Christian Era or the birth of Christ. Used to precede references to specific years, such as C.E. 1984. B.C.E. means “Before the Common Era,” as in 44 B.C.E. The common civil calendar was universally adopted in this century.
Fin de siecleFrench for the “end of a century” climate or mood characterized by fears of decay and fantasies of renewal (the first “e” in siecle should carry a left-leaning accent).
Jubilee–the celebration of special anniversaries, or occasions such as the 50th (golden jubilee). In Hebrew scripture it was a year of celebration and forgiveness of debts to be observed once every 50 years. In Roman Catholic tradition, is a “Holy Year” every 25 years, connected with public pilgrimage and penance.
Mega-anniversary–a great anniversary of significant magnitude, such as a centennial, quincentennial, millennial, bimillennial or trimillennial of a notable event, such as the birth of a founder of a religion, nation or civilization.
Millennial–this is an adjective, not a noun-referring to an anniversary or celebration of an event that occurred 1,000 years earlier, such as the millennial of the city of Dublin in 1988.
Millennium–1) a collection of 1,000 [years], 2) the 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth, 3) a period of great peace and prosperity, or 3) short hand for the “turn of the millennium.”
Third millennium–the coming period of history, A.D. 2001-3000, which technically begins January 1, 2001, signifying our entry into the third millennium C.E. or A.D.



Talk 2000 is a forum for discussion of all aspects of the year 2000, covering its folklore, festivities and future. Through discussion, participants strive to build a consensus on a public philosophy of the advent of the third millennium, that might undergird the efforts of society to celebrate the year 2000 in thought as well as action.

Substantial issues dealing with both the religious and civic nature of the bimillennial are discussed without engaging in “culture-war” rhetoric. It is assumed that people of all faiths and world views have a right to participate in shaping our entry into the third millennium. This right is claimed by principled persuasion, not by the rhetoric of protest, pronouncements, proselytism or posturing. Participants are asked to make their case using the substance and style of language that is comprehensible in the public square.

Some participants of Talk 2000 might consider themselves traditionalists, others freethinkers. Some may focus on the commemoration of the year 2000, others the counter-commemoration. To some, the Great Calendar represents continuity, to others discontinuity. Some think of 2000 and ask “What is right with life?”, others ask, “What is wrong with society?” The aim of Talk 2000 is to attract and keep both kinds of people. Hopefully, whether idealists or realists, everyone will learn something from each other.

While the participants of Talk 2000 may share contrasting world views, they recognize the benefit to society to develop a collective sense of perspective and direction as we prepare to celebrate the bimillennium and enter the third millennium. For it is through dialogue that a community accesses a larger “pool of common meaning” which cannot be accessed individually.



In necessary things, unity;
in doubtful things, liberty;
in all things, charity.

-Philip Melanchthon, 1497-1560


Topics include, but are not limited to:
—-Scenarios of the year 2000, as proposed by Isaac Newton, Michel Nostradamus, Edward Bellamy, Arthur C. Clarke, Daniel Bell, Hal Lindsey, Pablo Neruda, Edward Cornish, Pope John Paul II, Margaret Mead, etc.

—-The influence of millennialism on the culture of advertisers, peace-makers, cosmic party planners, cyberpunks, prophets, visionaries, doomsayers, conspiracy hunters, survivalists, world-savers and global evangelists.

—-The concepts from bimillennial books such as Megatrends 2000Century’s EndThe Millennium BookThe Anniversary AttractionCelebrations—the Cult of AnniversariesReinventing the FutureOur Globe and How to Reach ItGlobal 2000 RevisitedThe Star of 2000Framework for Preparation for the Year 2000Tertio Millennio Adveniente, etc.

—-The discussion of novels on the advent of the third millennium, such as Colleen McCullough’s Creed for the Third Millennium, Robert Muller’s First Lady of the World, Kurt Vonnegut’s Hocus Pocus or the many science fiction tomes on the year 2000.

—-Discussion of year 2000 and millennial coverage in major news media.

—-The lessons from previous mega-anniversaries such as the Canadian Centennial of ’67, the American Bicentennial in ’76, the French Bicentennial of ’89, the Columbian Quincentennial in ’92, the UN 50th Jubilee in ’95, etc.

—-The origin and use and reformation of the Gregorian calendar, including its religious and civic cultures, cosmologies and chronologies.

—-The cultural history of the year 2000, including the great ideas, great people or great achievements since the birth of Christ, in this past millennium or in this century-which are worthy of bimillennial tributes.

—-Proposals for congresses, spectaculars, performances or reunions falling in the years 1999 to 2001 which aim to commemorate New Year’s Eve 1999, New Year’s Day 2000, Rome 2000, Olympics 2000, Earth Day 2000, Expo 2000, United Nations 2000, Christmas 2000, New Millennium’s Eve 2000 and New Millennium’s Day 2001.

—-Discussion of various year 2000 organizations, such as the AD2000 Movement, The First Millennial Foundation, The Magi Foundation, The Millennium Society, The Millennium Institute, Project Global 2000, Toronto 2000, WAYSEE 2000, World 2000, etc.

—-Requests for research help with academic papers on the year 2000 in various social science disciplines, such as: “The Role of Celebration in Society,” “The Five A.D. 2000 Mega-Images,” “The Age of Anniversaries,” “The History of Bimillennial Consciousness, 1965-1995,” etc.

—-Reflection on the proposals, plans, strategies and visions that seek to give meaning to the start of the third millennium.



New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason
but because they are not already common knowledge.

–John Locke


Each newsgroup name, in this case “bit.listserv.2000ad-l”, is comprised of different level hierarchies. The general level hierarchy is “bit.”, the second-level hierarchy is “listserv” and the third level is “2000ad-l”.

Newsgroups under the “bit.listserv” hierarchy all originate as electronic mailing lists, and are “gated” or mirrored as newsgroups by Netnews to the Internet. The “-l” indicates that this a gated mailing list.

In bit.listserv.2000ad-l, we are not simply interested in throwing a good New Year’s Eve party. We are talking about the future impact of a millennial movement that has crossed all boundaries, whether political or social in the past 20 years.

The “2000ad” label indicates we are looking at the phenomena of expectations and preparation brought on by the year 2000, against the backdrop of its cultural history, in light of its commemorative possibilities and in view of its contribution to future civilization at the dawn of the third millennium.

We strive to understand the turn of the millennium from the perspective of millenarian studies, with its rich religious and secular symbolism. Webster defines “millennium” as the 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth, or a period of great peace and prosperity. Today we also use the term “millennial” to refer to a 1,000th anniversary or its celebration, such as the millennial of the city of Dublin in 1988.

In addition to millenarian studies, the “2000ad” indicates we consciously draw from the field of future studies. As a professional endeavor, the field of future studies dates back some 60 years. By the mid-60s various future-oriented research groups such as the Hudson Institute or associations such as the World Future Society emerged. The focus of the year 2000 was a big factor in the development of modern future studies.

Yes, the extension “ad” stands for “Anno Domini.” It is not added as some cryptic confession of faith, but as a begruding concession to the machine language of Usenet. News administrators frown on numeric name components, due to the fact that their software mistakes an ending numeric character for the number of current articles in the newsgroup. While the extension “ce” could have been used to denote “Common Era,” the original proponents felt that the more familiar A.D. annotation would make more sense to people reading down a list of newsgroup names.



“The Ancient Mariner” would not have taken so well if it had been called “The Old Sailor.”
–Samuel Butler


If you are on the Internet, your local provider should carry Usenet. Through the use of your TRN or TIN newsreader, you should be able to find and subscribe to bit.listserv.2000ad-l out of the entire list of newsgroups that your site carries. Most major Internet sites, including universities, local providers, AOL and CompuServe carry bit.listserv.* groups. If your local site does not carry bit.listserv.2000ad-l, ask them to specifically do so.

If you are not on the Internet, but a member of another service which can exchange mail with the Internet, such as America Online, Bitnet, CompuServe, DELPHI, eWorld, FidoNet, Genie, MCI Mail, Microsoft Mail, Prodigy or other corporate systems, you can still participate in bit.listserv.2000ad-l through its companion mailing list, 2000ad-l. The newsgroup and mailing list are two sides of the same coin, called “Talk 2000.” The difference between the newsgroup and the mailing list is that the first is read like a bulletin board of multiple messages on Usenet, the second comes directly to your e-mail box as separate messages.

To subscribe to the mailing list, address an e-mail message to:


and put in the body of the message this command:

SUBSCRIBE 2000ad-l <firstname> <lastname>

where <firstname> is your first name and <lastname> is your last name. Drop the brackets < > around your own name in your subscription request.

After subscribing, you should receive a welcome message confirming you are subscribed, and explaining how to participate further. Once you are subscribed, you can send messages to the newsgroup via the mailing list address, 2000ad-l@usc.edu. Your e-mail will be automatically forwarded to to the moderator, placed on the newsgroup, and sent to everyone on the mailing list. Thus through the mailing list, you should be able to send and receive post to this newsgroup just like any other.

Just for today I will be unafraid. I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions. I will expect nothing from the world, but I will realize that as I give to the world, the world will give to me.


–Dear Abby column, her New Year’s resolution for 1989


As the volume of “2000ad-l” mail increases, sometimes 10, 20, 30 messages a day, often new mail list subscribers feel overwhelmed. Talk 2000 mail messages begin to overtake their life in cyberspace, just through sheer volume. When that happens, here are some other options rather than unsubscribing to the “Talk 2000” forum.

—-You could set your mailing list subscription to the “digest” mode, and receive a once daily collected digest of forum articles in your morning e-mail. To receive the digest version, send this message to listproc@usc.edu:

SET 2000ad-l mail digest

—-You could unsubscribe to 2000ad-L and participate in the Talk 2000 forum through the bit.listserv.2000ad-l newsgroup mode. Newsgroups are read more like a newspaper posted on a bulletin board. No one is obligated to read the whole newspaper. If you check in two or three times a week to bit.listserv.2000ad-l, you shouldn’t miss anything, as expiration dates on articles are normally set for seven days.

—-You could also subscribe to “Let’s Talk 2000,” the bi-monthly “heartbeat of Talk 2000,” written by the Millennium Doctor. Send a message to talk2000@rmii.com with your name, and e-mail address. If after reading “Let’s Talk 2000” every two weeks, you find a topic you would like to follow up on, all you have to do is check the archives.



The mind is a remarkable thing; it can make a hell out of heaven or a heaven out of hell. 
-Karl Menninger


Yes, under present copyright statues, whoever authors an e-mail message possesses the copyright on the article that he or she wrote, whether or not a copyright notice is given. If you wish to strengthen this protection, you may put a copyright notice on your posting in the form, “Copyright <dates> by <author/owner>.”

Just because you post an article to bit.listserv.2000ad-l, does not put it in the public domain. Nothing is in the public domain anymore unless the owner explicitly puts it in the public domain. To do so, the author/owner should state, “I grant this to the public domain.”

While the copyright control is vested in you when you post to bit.listserv.2000ad-l, the moderator(s) reserve the right to compile your posting along with others in a monthly digest version for FTP archives, or to selectively edit your posts into web site reference papers on the year 2000.

The subject of copyright cuts both ways in this newsgroup. What you write is copyrighted, but you are asked not to post in whole any copyrighted materials. You *may* post an excerpt from copyright material from a book or newspaper article, provided it meets these four standards: 1) it is a short extract, 2) you attribute the source, 3) your use doesn’t damage the commercial value of the source, and 4) you comment on its significance.

If you meet these guidelines, your use of copyright material will likely fall under the “fair use” exemption to copyright laws. The “fair use” exemption to copyright law was created to allow things such as commentary, news reporting, research and education about copyrighted works without the permission of the author.



Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good
is not original, and the part that is original is not good.

–Samuel Johnson


If you are writing an academic paper, journal article or book and you want to use material from the Talk 2000 forum to support your case, you should properly cite your reference.

To quote a reference from bit.listserv.2000ad-l or 2000ad-l without using a footnote, use its more popular name, “Talk 2000.” You can write something like…in a recent round of the Talk 2000 forum on the Internet, Dr. So-&-So said, “….”

To footnote a written quote from bit.listserv.2000ad-l, you may cite it in this way, <Lastname>, <Firstname>. “<Subject Line: _____>,” in bit.listserv.2000ad-l, an Internet newsgroup, <Month, day, year>.

It is considered less than proper to cite an e-mail post in a paper without the permission of the author of that mail. Furthermore, under copyright statutes, the author of the e-mail possesses a copyright on mail that he or she wrote; incorporating it into a paper without permission of the author is a violation of that copyright.

To limit your liability for copyright infringement, we recommend you obtain permission from the original poster for use of material found in Talk 2000.

In addition to the forum, you are welcome to cite this FAQ in papers, speeches, articles or books you write. Brief quotes from this FAQ, consisting of two lines or less may simply be attributed to “Internet’s Talk 2000 host, Jay Gary.” Larger excerpts should be documented with a footnote that points back to this FAQ. For example, to footnote a quote from this particular section, the citation would be: Gary, Jay. “Frequently Asked Questions on the Year 2000,” Version 2.0, 1995, (talk2000@.rmii.com), p. 3.8.



When you take stuff from one writer, it’s plagiarism;
but when you take it from many writers, it’s research.

-Wilson Mizner


Everyone is welcomed to post articles to the Talk 2000 forum, and all viewpoints and levels of knowledge are welcome. Postings should be relevant to the folklore, festivities or future of the year 2000.

Moderation in most cases will be light. Articles will never be rejected based on whether the moderator(s) disagree with the views expressed. The “Subject:” line may, at the discretion of the moderator, be changed in the case of threads which have shifted from the initial subject. In most cases, the text of an article will not be edited by the moderator. If the text is changed for clarity or context, the moderator(s) are obligated to notify the original poster of the changes.

Only those submissions that fall outside the bounds of the charter will be returned. Any returned article will have an explanation attached to it explaining which charter provision was violated.

Prospective articles may be rejected for any of the following reasons:

1) Lack of year 2000 content
The article in question contains no comments on or questions about the turn of the millennium as stated in the charter of Talk 2000. The poster was apparently mistaken in selecting this group.

Commercial posts will be rejected. Brief notices of new books, products, services, events or workshops by sponsors will be considered if they relate to the subject. Information-not promotion will be generally accepted.

2) Threads drift off-topic
An article in question moves away from the main point already started in a thread. In that case, the discussion may be directed elsewhere. The moderator(s) also reserves the right to close off a discussion when it starts to repeat the same things over and over.

Participants are asked to keep their discussions relevant to the year 2000 and at the same time realize that there maybe other newsgroups where an discussion of the topic maybe more appropriate such as alt.conspiracy, misc.activism.militia, alt.atheism, talk.religion.newage or soc.religion.christian. Submissions in these areas will be kept to an absolute minimum and posted at the discretion of the moderator(s).

3) Excessive cross-posting
Cross-posted or forwarded articles will be dealt with more rigorously than other articles. Follow-ups to cross-posted articles may be rejected as the subject of the thread moves farther away from the topic of the year 2000. Posters are encouraged to submit original articles, rather than cross-posts to bit.listserv.2000ad-l.

4) Repetitive content
The article in question contains the same (or very similar) content as was recently posted to this group. If a post is returned marked “redundant posting,” this means one of two things; 1) that the moderator received many responses saying the same thing and choose another one to express that point, 2) that the questions or content covers ground already addressed by the newsgroup or the FAQ. Posters genuinely unaware of the repetitive nature of their article will be directed to an appropriate thread or section of this FAQ for information.

5) Excessive quoting
The article in question contains long quotes from other sources. In many cases, these posters will be asked to provide references either to the texts in question or to online means for obtaining the material. The moderator(s) will only post articles which abide by the “fair use” copyright statutes.

Generally speaking, articles which contain quotes from off-line sources should also contain an equal or greater amount of original commentary and/or be in direct response to an active thread—-in both cases, the length of the quote should not be “excessive.”

Articles which contain more included text (from previous posts) than new text may be rejected at the discretion of the individual moderator, unless the included text is less than a paragraph of ten lines.

6) Personal attacks
Articles which contain personal or “ad hominem” attacks of any sort will not be approved for posting. This guideline is intended to regulate the noise level of the newsgroup and not the substance of the discussion. This newsgroup is subject to the conventions of network etiquette as established in news.announce.newusers.

There is also the possibility of rejection for vulgar or tasteless language/content. Articles rejected for these reasons will be encouraged to be rewritten and resubmitted. It is not the purpose of moderation to completely sanitize the group, and this point may be used sparingly by the moderator(s).

7) Non-replyable e-mail address
The article in question was submitted with a return address which does not accept e-mail. It is our policy that anyone posting an article should be responsive to exchange both within the group and outside of it. Anonymous postings will not be accepted. Articles must have a replyable From: address and accompanied by the person’s name.

If the poster feels that any of these seven guidelines have been wrongly applied, he/she should take up the matter with the moderation team at the administration address: talk2000@wnrf.org. Posters who bypass this procedure and take a grievance to a subset of the forum will forfeit their right to participate in the electronic conference.

For the benefit of new readers, a standard newsgroup signature for bit.listserv.2000ad-l is appended to each article posted. This newsgroup signature describes how to submit articles to the newsgroup, how to find the web site and serves for a pointer back to the newsgroup group if the article is downloaded and printed.

Personal signatures of posters should be kept to the Usenet 4-line limit or less.

Rather than posting to the group, administrative communications, comments and inquiries should be mailed to the moderator(s) at talk2000@wnrf.org



Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
–Thomas Paine

Subject: 3.11 HOW DO I SUBMIT A POST TO TALK 2000?

There are two ways to send in your thoughts to Talk 2000. The easiest way is to send an e-mail message to the 2000ad-l submissions address,


That “-l” is “-L”, only lower case. Most times you will want to post things to Talk 2000 in response to what someone else has said. From the mailing list, that is done by “replying to” e-mail. Posters are encouraged to keep the continuity of previous “Subject:” headers. Usually a response carries the previous subject header prefaced by an “Re:”.

The second way to jump into Talk 2000 is through the twin newsgroup, bit.listserv.2000ad-l. If you are reading the newsgroup, you can “post” a reply to an active conversation thread you see there. This is usually done by the “post,” “follow-up,” or “reply” commands while you are online, and within the message you would like to respond to.

Articles which are directly posted to bit.listserv.2000ad-l will be forwarded by your site’s news software to the submissions address, 2000ad-l@usc.edu.

Postings sent to the moderator(s) personal or request e-mail address will not be posted. Postings must bear the submitter’s name and contain a valid e-mail reply address. Postings from anonymous servers will not be accepted. Readers should wait at least 72 hours before inquiring whether their article is lost.

You are advised to keep your margin 72 characters or less. This allows for multiple follow-up posts that use included material without causing line wrapping.

Generally, postings which contain lots of inserted material are hard to follow, so please keep the included material to a minimum by removing it (if possible) or summarizing it (if necessary).

On rare occasions, the moderator(s) may add comments of his or her own in [brackets such as these -moderator]. The most usual use of this will be to supply the answer to a question with an obvious answer. In some cases, the moderator(s) may ask for comments on issues that relate to the topic at hand.

If the moderator(s) wishes to critique what is said, the post will be made from his or her personal account.



Long ago I made up my mind to let my friends have their peculiarities.
-David Grayson


In posting an article to bit.listserv.2000ad-l you will notice that your Usenet software inserts a “Keywords:” line which is blank. We encourage you to fill in this line with various descriptors or pre-assigned keywords (listed below) that have been set for bit.listserv.2000ad-l by the moderator.

You are encouraged to *keyword* your article as a convenience to those who have newsreaders which auto-select articles according to their interests. Keywords help further define your article, far beyond the “Subject:” line. This helps researchers search the compiled monthly archives of bit.listserv.2000ad-l. Ten, twenty, fifty, or hundred years after our “Talk 2000” forum wraps up, graduate students will be analyzing our discussions, pondering how millennial rhetoric shaped the dawn of the third millennium. Think of “keywording” your article as a courtesy to the seventh generation.

Please *keyword* your article with one or more of the ten keywords from the list below. Print the list out and keep it handy near your computer. Use them in lower case only, no initial caps needed. The moderator(s) reserves the right to edit your list. If you are posting an article to the newsgroup through the mailing list or some other interface that doesn’t allow you to create a “Keywords:” header, simply include the “Keywords:” line in the body of your submission. The keywords should be kept in lower case, rather than initial cap.

10 Standard Keywords for bit.listserv.2000ad-l

agendas: plans, programs, goals for 2000, 2001
books: books, periodicals, bibliographies on 2000
events: proposals or reports on meetings, festivals, holidays
future: forecasts, scenarios, trends, predictions
groups: organizations, networks, businesses, products
media: alerts or analysis on TV or radio coverage of 2000
millennium: metaphors, symbols, apocalytic, utopias
society: cultural history of 2000, ideology, civic implications
time: calendar, chronology, cosmology
usenet: member profiles, newsgroup or website notices, usenet tips, FAQs



The best way to predict the future is to create it.
-Alan Kay

Subject: 3.13 WHERE IS THE TALK 2000 WEB SITE?

The Talk 2000 Forum has a web site for participants that provides orientation, documentation and networking. It also serves as a “welcome mat” for people just hearing about the forum. To visit the Talk 2000 Forum web site, set your web browser URL to:


You will find this web site is built around six key selections:

1. Intro: Take the year 2000 tour
2. Resources: Visit with millennial groups and authors
3. Tutorial: Brief yourself on the Talk 2000 forum and archives
4. Profiles: Meet other Talk 2000 participants
5. Articles: Trace the history of Talk 2000
6. Store: Shop from the Talk 2000 store

The first three web selections offer an “interactive” version of this FAQ. The third selection will also give you a way to reference the “Talk 2000” monthly archives. The fourth, fifth and sixth selection are unique to the web site and will provide excellent background books and materials on the history of bimillennial thinking, and a opportunity to learn about the background of featured “Talk 2000” participants.



This world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence.


This FAQ came into being in September 1995, shortly after the conception of the Talk 2000 Forum. Comments about, suggestions about or corrections to this FAQ are welcomed. If you would like to recommend this posting be changed in some way, the method most appreciated is to make the desired modifications to the paragraph of the FAQ in question, and then send your modified posting to the FAQ maintainer. If you notice that a frequently asked question is missing, this would apply also, please send it (along with the answer!) for inclusion in this document.

Contributions, comments and changes should be directed to the FAQ maintainer at: talk2000@wnrf.org

I’d like to acknowledge the following people who reviewed early drafts of this FAQ and made valuable suggestions for modifications, or otherwise contributed to the FAQ, Steven O’Leary <soleary@rcf.usc.edu>, Hillel Schwartz <hschwartz@ucsd.edu>, and Chris Coleman <coleman@admin.humberc.on.ca>. The responsibility for remaining ambiguities, errors and difficult-to-read paragraphs lie with me. :–)

Change                      Log:

Version    Date                 Comments

1.0        1 Sept 1995          Initial Release

1.5        1 Dec 1995           Newsgroup Release

2.0 		 1 Sept 1996          Second Edition Release



FAQs are the first generation of community memory.
–Eugene Miya


The information in this post is likely to change relatively quickly. If this is more than two months old then you should obtain a new copy. The FAQ on the year 2000 comes in three parts. You can retrieve the latest copies of this document via e-mail. Just send an e-mail to mailto:listproc@usc.eduwith this command in the body of the message:

GET 2000ad-l faq2000

Within a short time a 107k file will be automatically forwarded to your e-mail box.



By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy;
if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.


This file is Part 3 of the three-part FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for the Talk 2000 Forum, which incorporates both the “bit.listserv.2000ad-l” newsgroup and the “2000ad-l@usc.edu” mailing list.

You are welcome to download the complete FAQ (ASCII, 113K).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON THE YEAR 2000: An introduction to the Talk 2000 Forum, Version 2.0 – 1 December 1995. Copyright 1995 by Jay E. Gary. All rights reserved.

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The Millennium Book
Gail & Dan Collins, $9.95 (25% off!)
Take a fun look at the year 2000 and its festivities. Contains 26 top-ten lists of the last millennium, including the Top Tunes, Ten Worst Wars, or Twelve Greatest Women. Perfect for any Millennium’s Eve trivia buff who wants to get ready for “the biggest New Year’s Eve in a 1,000 years.” 
The Star of 2000
Jay Gary, $10.95
A new star of Bethlehem has now appeared–the year 2000. This spiritual magnet is now drawing our civilization, which began with the birth of Jesus, to celebrate its 2,000th anniversary. Stories, inspiration and projections combine to share how this journey of hope will unfold from 1996 to 2001 to become the greatest celebration in the history of civilization. 
Megatrends 2000
John Naisbitt, $5.95
Megatrends gurus predict the top ten new directions of the ’90s including the rise of the Pacific Rim, a renaissance of the arts, more women leaders, and a religious revival. Includes two excellent sections on why the year 2000 is the most compelling symbol of the future in our lifetimes. 
Century’s End
Hillel Schwartz, $32.95
Here is the definitive cultural history of the fin de siecle, from the 990s through the 1990s. Explains how the “century-end effect” will impact the ’90s, from the fear of decay and fantasies of renewal. Superb material on “The Legend of the Year 2000”–a storehouse of research. Hardback.
The Anniversary Compulsion
Peter Aykroyd, $16.95
A classic study of how a mega-anniversary can be successfully conceptualized and staged, based on Canada’s experience with their centennial in 1967. Offers anniversary axioms for the unprecedented worldwide celebrations at the advent of the 21st century. Excellent reading for civic or corporate leaders planning bimillennial celebrations.
William Johnston, $32.95
A study of the “cult of anniversaries” in Western Europe and United States today from a postmodern perspective. Covers the great calendar, the humanist tradition and the power of bimillennial consciousness. Hardback.
Looking Backwards: 2000-1887
Edward Bellamy, $4.95
As people prepared to celebrate the turn of the century a 100 years ago, the most popular book of the day was about life in year 2000. Bellamy famous novel told how a Boston insomniac woke up in September 2000 to find a near perfect world.
The Millennium Myth
Michael Grosso, $22.00
From Joachim of Fiore to Adolf Hitler, from Lenin to Gaia, the twists and turns of the millennial myth is weaved. Grosso claims that in our day technology and alternative spirituality also shape the prophetic vision of the western world. Hardback.
Pablo Neruda, $10.95
Neruda (1904-1973), the Nobel Prize poet from Chile, embraces the “three equal, commonly shared zeros” and weighs our history in the balance. 2000has been called Neruda’s “missal of presentiments and his prayer book of survival” in the human struggle to achieve the longed-for peace of a new history.
Reinventing the Future
Rushworth Kidder, $18.95
What new century resolutions should humanity make as it enters the 21st century? Here is an “Agenda 2000” with 95 global goals in the areas of development, peace, civilization and ethics. Hardback. 
The Millennial Project
Marshall Savage, $16.95
We live on a planet that cannot sustain the twin problem of overpopulation and environmental destruction. In order to survive, Savage proposes we must reach the stars by building up a space-based civilization “in eight easy steps.” Introduction by Arthur C. Clarke.


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