Mindset for the Class of 2011 *here's the list*

  1. So does this make you feel old? And do you have any favorites?


    Beloit, Wis. -- When they welcome the class of 2011 in the coming weeks, American colleges and universities will be saying hello to the generation born as the Cold War was ending. For them, a Russia with multiple political parties and a China with multiple business enterprises seems quite normal. They’ve grown up in a time of triumphant capitalism, where it’s common for stadiums to be named after corporations and where product placements have always been yet another clever way for companies to sell their wares.

    Each August for the past decade, as faculty prepare for the academic year, Beloit College in Wisconsin has released the Beloit College Mindset List. Its 70 items provide a look at the cultural touchstones that have shaped the lives of today’s first-year students, most of them born in 1989. It is the creation of Beloit’s Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride and Public Affairs Director Ron Nief.
    Latchkey kids for most of their lives, students entering college this fall think nothing of arriving home with parents still at work, then e-mailing or texting their friends, instantly updating their autobiographies on “Facebook” or “MySpace,” and listening to their iPods while doing their research on Wikipedia. They’ve grown up with Rush Limbaugh urging his fellow Dittoheads to excoriate liberals, with having been taught by an equal number of women and men in the classroom, and with women having been hired as police chiefs of major cities.

    Food has always been a health concern. Consumer awareness about ingredients and fats has always been energized. They’ve never “rolled down” a car window, and to them Jack Nicholson is mainly known as the guy who played “The Joker.”
    As usual, they remind their elders how quickly time has passed. For them Pete Rose has never been in baseball. Abbie Hoffman’s always been dead. Johnny Carson has never been live on TV, and Nelson Mandela has always been free.

    As for the Berlin Wall, what’s that?

    1. What Berlin wall?
    2. Humvees, minus the artillery, have always been available to the public.
    3. Rush Limbaugh and the “Dittoheads” have always been lambasting liberals.
    4. They never “rolled down” a car window.
    5. Michael Moore has always been angry and funny.
    6. They may confuse the Keating Five with a rock group.
    7. They have grown up with bottled water.
    8. General Motors has always been working on an electric car.
    9. Nelson Mandela has always been free and a force in South Africa.
    10. Pete Rose has never played baseball.
    11. Rap music has always been mainstream.
    12. Religious leaders have always been telling politicians what to do, or else!
    13. “Off the hook” has never had anything to do with a telephone.
    14. Music has always been “unplugged.”
    15. Russia has always had a multi-party political system.
    16. Women have always been police chiefs in major cities.
    17. They were born the year Harvard Law Review Editor Barack Obama announced he might run for office some day.
    18. The NBA season has always gone on and on and on and on.
    19. Classmates could include Michelle Wie, Jordin Sparks, and Bart Simpson.
    20. Half of them may have been members of the Baby-sitters Club.
    21. Eastern Airlines has never “earned their wings” in their lifetime.
    22. No one has ever been able to sit down comfortably to a meal of “liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”
    23. Wal-Mart has always been a larger retailer than Sears and has always employed more workers than GM.
    24. Being “lame” has to do with being dumb or inarticulate, not disabled.
    25. Wolf Blitzer has always been serving up the news on CNN.
    26. Katie Couric has always had screen cred.
    27. Al Gore has always been running for president or thinking about it.
    28. They never found a prize in a Coca-Cola “MagiCan.”
    29. They were too young to understand Judas Priest’s subliminal messages.
    30. When all else fails, the Prozac defense has always been a possibility.
    31. Multigrain chips have always provided healthful junk food.
    32. They grew up in Wayne’s World.
    33. U2 has always been more than a spy plane.
    34. They were introduced to Jack Nicholson as “The Joker.”
    35. Stadiums, rock tours and sporting events have always had corporate names.
    36. American rock groups have always appeared in Moscow.
    37. Commercial product placements have been the norm in films and on TV.
    38. On Parents’ Day on campus, their folks could be mixing it up with Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz with daughter Zöe, or Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford with son Cody.
    39. Fox has always been a major network.
    40. They drove their parents crazy with the Beavis and Butt-Head laugh.
    41. The “Blue Man Group” has always been everywhere.
    42. Women’s studies majors have always been offered on campus.
    43. Being a latchkey kid has never been a big deal.
    44. Thanks to MySpace and Facebook, autobiography can happen in real time.
    45. They learned about JFK from Oliver Stone and Malcolm X from Spike Lee.
    46. Most phone calls have never been private.
    47. High definition television has always been available.
    48. Microbreweries have always been ubiquitous.
    49. Virtual reality has always been available when the real thing failed.
    50. Smoking has never been allowed in public spaces in France.
    51. China has always been more interested in making money than in reeducation.
    52. Time has always worked with Warner.
    53 Tiananmen Square is a 2008 Olympics venue, not the scene of a massacre.
  2. Between this post and the other one, I am really feeling old. LOL
  3. Holy sh*t 2011?

    The mindset is pretty hilarious though.
    I graduated c/o '04 and this makes me feel OLD!:push:
  4. waa waa wahhhhhn...same here LMAO! Hey man I typed my freakin' senior thesis on a *gasp* typewriter!! Anyone remember those, LOL??
  5. I just re-read it to my SO and I guess I missed #4 the first time around...

    4. They never “rolled down” a car window.

    This is especially funny to me because I was just talking to my SO about "Rolling Down" windows when we were younger and my 13 y/o niece goes.."You mean manually rolling them down? Like, with the nob things from the olden days? You guys are OLD!"

  6. lol, I had a typewriter and also the old computers where the screen was just black and green! lol
  7. ^^^but people still say "can you roll down the window" not "can you hit the window button" LOL
  8. We did have one computer in our sorority house (a mac, can't remember the model) which you had to sign up for and a very noisy dot matrix printer, and we had a computer lab on campus but it was interesting...this was 1989 and only the super super rich kids had their own computers in their rooms. Most either signed up to use one or just stuck with typewriters.

    Glad those days are behind me, whew!!
  9. wow! I feel old too!
  10. There used to be big employment opportunities for word processors. :roflmfao: There was no internet as we know it today. How 'bout this? I remember getting HBO when it was the ONLY cable station! There were no 10 HBOs. Just one. Plus I bet nobody had a BETA VCR. Beat that!
  11. My college boyfriend's folks had BETA!! :yahoo:
  12. Atari Pong?
  13. ^^ Guilty as charged. I hereby crown myself the Old Fart of this thread :roflmfao:
  14. im not that old but the other day i was playing take thats greatest hits in the car, my 6 year old cousin asked who i was singing along to and when i told her it was take that she said "no its not, they only have 2 songs claire"
  15. My DH's roommate had a Betamax. It rocked!