Beware: This Will Make Some Folks Feel Old

By Ramde, Diniesh | Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque), August 21, 2012 | Go to article overview

Beware: This Will Make Some Folks Feel Old


Ramde, Diniesh, Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque)


Beloit College's 'Mindset List' Every year, Beloit (Wis.) College provides a glimpse of how incoming freshmen -- most of whom were born in 1994 -- view the world. Here is most of the list for the Class of 2016: 1. They should keep their eyes open for Justin Bieber or Dakota Fanning at freshman orientation. 2. They have always lived in cyberspace, addicted to a new generation of "electronic narcotics." 3. The Biblical sources of terms such as "forbidden fruit," "the writing on the wall," "good Samaritan," and "the promised land" are unknown to most of them. 4. Michael Jackson's family, not the Kennedys, constitutes "American royalty." 5. If they miss "The Daily Show," they can always get their news on YouTube. 6. Their lives have been measured in the fundamental particles of life: bits, bytes and bauds. 7. Robert De Niro is thought of as Greg Focker's long-suffering father-in-law, not as Vito Corleone or Jimmy Conway. 8. Bill Clinton is a senior statesman of whose presidency they have little knowledge. 9. They have never seen an airplane "ticket." 10. Despite being preferred urban gathering places, two-thirds of the independent bookstores in the U.S. have closed for good during their lifetimes. 11. They can't picture people actually carrying luggage through airports rather than rolling it. 12. Having grown up with MP3s and iPods, they never listen to music on the car radio and really have no use for radio at all. 13. Their folks have never gazed with pride on a new set of bound encyclopedias on the bookshelf. 14. Exposed bra straps have always been a fashion statement, not a wardrobe malfunction to be corrected quietly by well-meaning friends. 15. A significant percentage of them will enter college already displaying some hearing loss. 16. The Real World has always "stopped being polite and started getting real" on MTV. 17. Women have always piloted war planes and space shuttles. 18. White House security has never felt it necessary to wear rubber gloves when gay groups have visited. 19. They have lived in an era of instant stardom and self- proclaimed celebrities, famous for being famous. 21. They have had to incessantly remind their parents not to refer to their CDs and DVDs as "tapes." 22. They have come to political consciousness during a time of increasing doubts about America's future. 23. Billy Graham is as familiar to them as Otto Graham was to their parents. 24. Probably the most tribal generation in history, they despise being separated from contact with their similar-aged friends. 25. Slavery has always been unconstitutional in Mississippi, and Southern Baptists have always been apologizing for supporting it in the first place. 26. Good music programmers are rock stars to the women of this generation, just as guitar players were for their mothers. …

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