Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Mindset List

By Camazine [CC-BY-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Camazine, via Wikimedia Commons
According to Beloit College's Mindset List for 2016, "For this generation of entering college students, born in 1994, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead."  The Mindset List is compiled and published annually by Ron Nief, Public Affairs Director Emeritus, and Tom McBride, Professor of English and Keefer Professor of Humanities, both associated with Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. They have been compiling a list every year since 1998 ( first for the class of 2002) with information which is unique to that generation of entering college freshmen. For the class of 2002, for example, "Kansas, Boston, Chicago, America, and Alabama are all places—not music groups." The lists are simply fun and mind-boggling at the same time since they illustrate how quickly the information technology era shapes each new generation. And they make the rest of us feel real old!

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