Hoplight-Tapia, Andrea. (2000). Subcultural responses to Y2K.
Unpublished Ph.D., The University of New Mexico.
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The year 2000 (Y2K) computer software problem is framed as a cultural object, according to Wendy Griswolds' (1988) definition of the term. Three subcultures were documented and analyzed during 1999 in reference to Y2K as a cultural object. The three subcultures are Millennial (Evangelical-Charismatic-Pentecostal) Christians, Militia-Patriot Survivalists and Computer Professionals. Each subculture interpreted, received, comprehended and explained the cultural object of Y2K. Two methodologies were used. I conducted a content analysis of several representative periodicals within each subculture during 1999. I conducted longitudinal in-depth interviews with members of each subculture during the summer of 1999 and January 2000. By combining the data from both the content analysis and interviews I created a richly detailed picture of each subculture's response to Y2K. The three subcultures were compared and contrasted. Each subculture created a subcultural filter based on previously held value and belief systems and interpretations of their environment to create a unique picture of Y2K.