Thursday, August 21, 2008

You're old

The Beloit College's annual Mindset List is out!

For those of you not familiar with this list, it is a snapshot of how this year’s college freshmen (The class of 2012) view the world. It is a list filled with items like this:

7. Gas stations have never fixed flats, but most serve cappuccino.

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

This list is supposed to give us in the media a better understanding of youth culture. What it really does is make everyone feel freaking old. It tells you that everything you thought was current is old-school and everything you thought was retro is ancient fucking history.

It also believes that the new freshmen are a bunch of illiterate morons. It assumes that they know nothing about the world the existed before they were born. Come on! They’re college students! I assume a few of them might have read a book or watched an old movie. (I have never seen a piece of fly paper in my life, but I know what it is thanks to its use as a gag in about a hundred Little Rascals’ films.)

But this year’s list has a very curious item, and it’s right at the top:

1. Harry Potter could be a classmate, playing on their Quidditch team.

Uh, no he couldn’t. He’s a fictional character. I don’t care how young you are, you’re not going to be spending the next semester flying around on a broom chasing snitches and looking out for Voldemort.

So read the list and email it to your friends. But keep in mind that a large group of people is a messy, gooey blob that cannot be easily summed up in a list of 60 items.

On the other hand, you may want to rethink that ad making fun of Gorbechov’s birthmark.

The complete list is here.


Renegade Agency said...

"32. There has always been Pearl Jam."

That doesn't make me feel old as much as it does nauseous.

Ad Kid said...

I'm only a year older than this group. Some of those on the list don't really hold truth (because I do know things contrary to what they're saying), but for the most part, it seems pretty accurate -- or at least, interesting.

1Letterman said...

33. Having a true understanding of a subject isn't as important as having a t-shirt with a snarky slogan on it.