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September 22, 2011

Favorites from the Mindset List

This is one of my favorite lists-- I share it with you each year. The Beloit College website explains:

What started as a witty way of saying to faculty colleagues "watch your references," has turned into a globally reported and utilized guide to the intelligent if unprepared adolescent consciousness. It is requested by thousands of readers, reprinted in hundreds of print and electronic publications, and used for a wide variety of purposes. It immediately caught the imagination of the public, and in the ensuing years, has drawn responses from around the world. This site now gets more than a million hits a year.

Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall... Mindset List websites at Beloit College and at mindsetmoment.com, the media site webcast and their Facebook page receive more than a million hits annually.

Here are 25 of them that I found most interesting:

• There has always been an Internet ramp onto the information highway.

• Ferris Bueller and Sloane Peterson could be their parents.

• States and Velcro parents have always been requiring that they wear their bike helmets.

• The only significant labor disputes in their lifetimes have been in major league sports.

• Amazon has never been just a river in South America.

• The Communist Party has never been the official political party in Russia.

• "Yadda, yadda, yadda" has always come in handy to make long stories short.

• Jimmy Carter has always been a smiling elderly man who shows up on TV to promote fair elections and disaster relief.

• Arnold Palmer has always been a drink.

• Dial-up is soooooooooo last century!

• Women have always been kissing women on television.

• They've always been able to dismiss boring old ideas with "been there, done that, gotten the T-shirt."

• The bloody conflict between the government and a religious cult has always made Waco sound a little whacko.

• Unlike their older siblings, they spent bedtime on their backs until they learned to roll over.

• Music has always been available via free downloads.

• Grown-ups have always been arguing about health care policy.

• Sears has never sold anything out of a Big Book that could also serve as a doorstop.

• No state has ever failed to observe Martin Luther King Day.

• They've grown up with George Stephanopoulos as the Dick Clark of political analysts.

• They've often broken up with their significant others via texting, Facebook, or MySpace.

• Frasier, Sam, Woody and Rebecca have never Cheerfully frequented a bar in Boston during primetime.

• When they were 3, their parents may have battled other parents in toy stores to buy them a Tickle Me Elmo while they lasted.

• Refugees and prisoners have always been housed by the U.S. government at Guantanamo.

• McDonalds coffee has always been just a little too hot to handle.

• "PC" has come to mean Personal Computer, not Political Correctness.

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