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Lose Those Dated References!

He could be the Dad of a college freshman!I cruising down the grocery store cereal aisle last week when an “older” man stopped me and asked, “You’ve heard of Crosby, Stills and Nash, right?”  It seemed a little random until I realized he was chatting about music with a young stock clerk.  He was shocked the clerk had never heard of CSN.  I gather I looked old enough to have partied to “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.”

Coming to the clerk’s defense (and trying to sound hip) I said to the man, “He’s young. I bet you never heard of Maroon 5!” (During the summer my daughter got me hooked on “The Voice.”)  The man looked confused so I didn’t wait for a reply,  figuring it was better to just keep moving!

That strange encounter reminded me of “The Mindset List” list compiled by two Beloit College faculty members.  The list started  in 1998 “as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references, and quickly became a catalog of the rapidly changing worldview of each new generation,” according to the website.

Each fall, the profs put out a new list  based on the experiences of the incoming class. Most of the class of 2015 were born in 1992, after the Internet was invented. The latest list includes 75 references; a few of our favorites:

  • Ferris Bueller and Sloane Peterson could be their parents.
  • “Don’t touch that dial!”….what dial?
  • Amazon has never been just a river in South America.
  • Refer to LBJ, and they might assume you’re talking about LeBron James.
  • Women have never been too old to have children.
  • 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!
  • Their older siblings have told them about the days when Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera were Mouseketeers.
  • 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.
  • Some of them have been inspired to actually cook by watching the Food Channel.
  • “PC” has come to mean Personal Computer, not Political Correctness.http://www.crosbystillsnash.com/
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