Each fall for the past ten years, Beloit College, a small private college in Wisconsin, has released the Mindset List, a long roster of statements about the “world view” of the eighteen year olds from the incoming freshman class.
A few of the more interesting items from this year’s list:
What Berlin wall?
Music has always been “unplugged.”
Thanks to MySpace and Facebook, autobiography can happen in real time.
MTV has never featured music videos.
Most phone calls have never been private.
It should be hard to come up with many additions to the list. A similar listing for the kids entering high school in 2007 would probably look very similar.
But what about the Mindset List for kids born this year and who will enter college in the year 2025, assuming we’re using the same educational structure (unfortunately, a pretty good assumption).
That’s just what a writer at ValleyWag, the Silicon Valley gossip rag, has done.
To relax, they’ve always turned on the nightly news. The news has always been delivered by comedians.
They don’t remember Castro or why he was ever a big deal.
What’s a mousepad?
Computers have never been beige.
They’ve never “missed” a TV show that they couldn’t watch an hour later.
They’ve never had to pull over for directions.
There are also many more items that could be added to this list as well, but what about “They’ve always had media on demand.”?