Remember when (oh sorry, you don’t)

August 19, 2008

Michigan’s Beloit College puts together a list each year of cultural references lost on the young:

This month, almost 2 million first-year students will head off to college campuses around the country. Most of them will be about 18 years old, born in 1990…

The class of 2012 has grown up in an era where computers and rapid communication are the norm, and colleges no longer trumpet the fact that residence halls are “wired” and equipped with the latest hardware. These students will hardly recognize the availability of telephones in their rooms since they have seldom utilized landlines during their adolescence. They will continue to live on their cell phones and communicate via texting. Roommates, few of whom have ever shared a bedroom, have already checked out each other on Facebook where they have shared their most personal thoughts with the whole world.

I feel old. Here are a few choice selections:

Films have never been X rated, only NC-17.

The Warsaw Pact is as hazy for them as the League of Nations was for their parents.

The Tonight Show has always been hosted by Jay Leno and started at 11:35 EST.

Lenin’s name has never been on a major city in Russia.

Caller ID has always been available on phones.

They never heard an attendant ask “Want me to check under the hood?”

98.6 F or otherwise has always been confirmed in the ear.

Radio stations have never been required to present both sides of public issues.

(That last one is a good thing.)


3 Responses to “Remember when (oh sorry, you don’t)”

  1. I don’t know; second from the last has been downright pleasant, too.

  2. superdave524 Says:

    Lenin? Isn’t that, like, bedsheets?

  3. John in IL Says:

    True, NDT, but you wouldn’t appreciate it if you hadn’t known otherwise.

    And (HA!) good one, Dave

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