1910: afraid that Earth traveling through the tail of Halley's Comet will bring about the end of the world
2010: afraid that the Mayan calendar ending in 2012 will bring about the end of the world
1910: vaudeville actors tap into this fear by writing skits and songs about the comet
2010: Hollywood taps into this fear with movies like 2012
1910: yellow journalists fan a spark of fear into infernos
2010: !!! (see any local newscast or paper to see if this changed)
There are more similarities, I'm certain, but I'm off to build a bomb shelter...
And now, the fun stuff: what are your writing resolutions this year? One of mine: to challenge myself by writing in a new genre. Care to share yours?
Happy 2010, all!