MEDIA: What The Papers Say - Safety comes first in millennial worries

’The elevator won’t know if the year is 1900 or 2000!’ warned Dave Barry in the International Herald Tribune. The turn of the year produced many humorous predictions of what the millennium bug would do - even music pages had fun advising that acoustic guitars would be essential at millennium parties.

’The elevator won’t know if the year is 1900 or 2000!’ warned Dave

Barry in the International Herald Tribune. The turn of the year produced

many humorous predictions of what the millennium bug would do - even

music pages had fun advising that acoustic guitars would be essential at

millennium parties.



A confusion of messages and target audiences meant that the spokeswoman

for Action 2000, the Government body urging compliance on SMEs, had to

backtrack on dire warnings in order to avoid feeding panic among the

general public. The good news was that companies like Sainsbury’s

reported their debugging activity, but the bad news remained that safety

risks are a real preoccupation.



In contrast to an alarmist tone in the UK, another Herald Tribune

article reported well-documented US readiness in the public and private

domain.



If we are to follow the US, reports of bug freedom, like the one that

came from the Newcastle Building Society should become more frequent as

the year proceeds.



Analysis, p7



Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International. Cuttings supplied by the

Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers Say’ can be found at:

www.carma.com.



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