“I’m gonna party like it’s 1999….” Beastie Boys.
Back in 1999 at the turn of the century, a lot of people went around saying that it was going to be the end of the world. Actually people have said that at the turn of most all of the centuries for the last 2000 years.
A lot of theories were listed as to why the world was going to end at the beginning of the year 2000. There was even some debate whether it would end at midnight then or at midnight a year later.
Some of the theories included: the second coming of Christ, some kind of natural disaster that was foretold, n asteroid, or the computer crisis when all of the computers would shut down. Someone had forgotten to program the clock in them past the year 2000.
But here it is 2009 and we are all still here. But now it’s time for the next end of the world scenario. And that’s 2012. December 22nd, 2012 to be exact. You see the Mayan calendar and some other noteworthy sources like Nostradamus have predicted that civilization will stop at that time.
In the case of the Mayan calendar, it just mysteriously ends at that time. Maybe they just decided to stop forecasting into the future then or maybe they based it on the time it took other civilizations to become extinct, who knows? And I think that Nostradamus used a lot of different methods to forecast the future.
But as the time draws near for the end of the world, it is being reflected in a lot of popular culture. One of the most current reflections is the movie 2012. The movie shows every type of natural disaster imaginable. I guess in the movie version, the end of the world will occur by natural disaster.
The movie has spawned all kinds of merchandise too. There are the usual posters, T-Shirts, toys, and everything else under the sun. I think that there will be quite a few other movie spin offs before the actual date just like we did before the year 2000. We are beginning to see some of them already. Movies are once again taking a turn towards the dark side. Just look at the other most popular movie, Moonlight. It’s about vampires.
But if you want to see something a little more abstract, then check out Prethunderdome at the White Flag Project at 4568 Manchester in St. Louis. According to the Riverfront Times, “…the exhibit is a collection of works from Ronnie Bass, Rolf Belgum, Andrew Bush, Jose Davila, Stan Gaz, Andrew Guenther, Karen Gunderson and Jason Lazarus, that explores themes on the collapse of civilization.”
The project is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays and runs through December 19th.