Per Bjarney's post:
Sensationalized news reporting has created sufficient levels of fear, uncertainly
and doubt that has clouded rational thought in some people. There is almost no
way to effectively counteract what can be some deeply ingrained phobias.
Great example for the accuracy of the information contained in the "Quote" above:Y2K
Having been very much involved with the whole roll over thing (in the Banking Industry with the Mandated Compliance for Soft and Hard Wares, with LAN equipment, and a few others), the concept was simple - the panic I witnessed was sickening!
Then again, I was aware of the "DD/MM/YY" situation back in 1993 - many panic stricken people found out about the "Doom And Gloom" in late 1998 (and via biased media - such as shock TV shows, rip-off advertisements, or from unethical News Reporters).
Worse thing when dealing with freaked out people (adding to the above "Quoted" text), is they will only listen to irrational Clowns distributing non-sense, but not someone explaining the complete, real picture.
Put it this way, on January 2nd / 3rd / 4th 2000, none of the panic sufferers would look me in the face. Took months before the subject could be discussed in an open format.
On the topic of Electro-Magnetic Fields (would the term be more correctly referenced as "Low Frequency Electro-Magnetic Radiation" since the AC is a "Wave-icle"???...), I am certain there is some validity to health issues - it goes without saying!
The problem faced here - and like any other issue - is when jokers begin tweeking things: data, reports, statistics; along with fabricating incorrect, erroneous, fraudulent, incomplete, irrelevant, and flat-out B.S. claims, for the tools necessary of spreading scare tactics, all for the generation of $$$.
Open On-Line Forums - such as this one, are good "Anti-Bunk" information references for "Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Clampett-Consumer", as they are very ignorant of the entire scope involving things we all here deal with every day.
<stepping off soapbox>