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Monday, September 06, 2004

The way it's always been...

There are certain traditions to this time of year. The first indications of the coming monsoon season in Vancouver; a certain relief on the faces of parents who know that school starts real soon now; the thought that the beaches will cease to be a smorgasbord (mostly).

Another tradition, one of recent vintage, is the release of Beloit College's Mindset List™, a sort of thumbnail guide (or Rosetta Stone, as the College likes to put it), mostly for the professors, to the things experienced (or not, as the case may be) by the newest students coming into the College. It proves that there really is a generation gap.

Here are a few items from this years list (the 7th edition of it):
- Most students entering college this fall were born in 1986.

- Desi Arnaz, Orson Welles, Roy Orbison, Ted Bundy, Ayatollah Khomeini, and Cary Grant have always been dead.

- The U.S. has always been a Prozac nation.

- Bill and Ted have always been on an excellent adventure.

- They have always been comfortable with gay characters on television.

- There have never been any Playboy Clubs.

- Computers have always suffered from viruses.

- Episcopal women bishops have always threatened the foundation of the Anglican Church.

- AZT has always been used to treat AIDS.

- Cher hasn’t aged a day.
You can go grok the full Mindset List™ and it's archives here and you may want to check out the List for 1918, too.