“Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall.” And I’ve seen this list everywhere in the last week or so.
As I watch my niece and nephews, I take stock of the things that were real for me that just don’t apply to them. The ones in these lists are just a few.
Time Magazine listed the “Top 10 Things Today’s Kids Will Never Experience” in a recent article:
- Camera Film
- Landline Phones
- Real Books
- Being Lost
- Music Videos on MTV
- The Glory Days of Nick at Nite
- Tan M&Ms
- Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Terminator
From the MomHouston blog post about the same list (which is pretty impressive):
- Few in the class know how to write in cursive.
- E-mail is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail.
- “Caramel macchiato” and “venti half-caf vanilla latte” have always been street corner lingo.
- With increasing numbers of ramps, Braille signs, and handicapped parking spaces, the world has always been trying harder to accommodate people with disabilities.
- A quarter of the class has at least one immigrant parent, and the immigration debate is not a big priority…unless it involves “real” aliens from another planet.
- John McEnroe has never played professional tennis.
- Doctor Kevorkian has never been licensed to practice medicine.
- Fergie is a pop singer, not a princess.
- They never twisted the coiled handset wire aimlessly around their wrists while chatting on the phone.
- DNA fingerprinting and maps of the human genome have always existed.
- Cross-burning has always been deemed protected speech.
- Leasing has always allowed the folks to upgrade their tastes in cars.
- Unless they found one in their grandparents’ closet, they have never seen a carousel of Kodachrome slides.
- Computers have never lacked a CD-ROM disk drive.
- They’ve never recognized that pointing to their wrists was a request for the time of day.
- “Viewer Discretion” has always been an available warning on TV shows.
- Czechoslovakia has never existed.
- Second-hand smoke has always been an official carcinogen.
- Once they got through security, going to the airport has always resembled going to the mall.
- Pizza jockeys from Domino’s have never killed themselves to get your pizza there in under 30 minutes.
- Nirvana is on the classic oldies station.
- Toothpaste tubes have always stood up on their caps.
- There have always been women priests in the Anglican Church.
- They may have assumed that parents’ complaints about Black Monday had to do with punk rockers from L.A., not Wall Street.
- Beethoven has always been a dog.
- Having hundreds of cable channels but nothing to watch has always been routine.
Of course, if you want the full list, go to the Beloit College site.