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Feeling Old? Part II

This is the second part, here's the reminder about College Freshmen:

Just in case you weren't feeling too old today, this will certainly change things. Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together a list, to try to give the faculty a sense of the mindset of this year's incoming freshmen.

Here's this year's list:

The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were
born in 1983.
They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.
Their lifetime has always included AIDS.
Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.
The CD was introduced the year they were born.
They have always had an answering machine.
They have always had cable.
They cannot fathom not having a remote control.
Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.
Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.
They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.
They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.
They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.
They never heard:
"Where's the Beef?",
"I'd walk a mile for a Camel", or
"de plane Boss, de plane".
They do not care who shot J. R. and have no idea who J. R. even is.
Michael Jackson has always been white.
McDonald's never came in Styrofoam containers.
They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.

While I like the Part I that I posted, this one is a little dry and in my eyes, unfair. When I was in college I was phenomenally intreagued by the culture of the Hippies. And I was 'too young' to remember it. I often refer to myself as, "A child of the sixties...well, more correctly a toddler of the 60's" I in fact did watch the moon landing. Aparently, my response to this momentous occurance of history was to soil my pampers.

I remember Carson, I've watched Parr.

I think there are far too many "Always" and "Nevers" and "Didn'ts" in this list. I know Many a 19 year old. Who are far hipper than this list will ever purport to be.

Mind you, I love the line Michael Jackson has always been white.

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I agree. My (virtually) adopted 18 year old who is just off to university is intrigued by 60s culture and it is one of the reasons there is little sense of generation gap between us.

Maybe it only applies to muggles.

You really think we landed on the moom? Interesting. I do not think so at all...

When I was doing video store management, Hannibal came out on video and I was suprised to see so many kids renting it, and saying they haven't seen the first one. (By "first one" they meant Silence, having never heard of Manhunter). I was incredulous, how could you not see a horror film that won so many Oscars. To which many of them said "I was 9 when it came out". I saw it in college. Frown.

"Their lifetime has always included AIDS"

Most of the rest of the list is pretty much pop culture, and while amusing, not really profound. That line scares me.

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