The Class of 2015: Different From You and Me

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You may want to sit down for this one:  the freshmen you see moving into dorms this week were for the most part born in 1993, have always had access to the internet, and — perhaps most disturbingly — Ferris Bueller is old enough to be their father (if he weren’t fictional, that is).

You can thank Beloit College for these factoids, which come from its annual Mindset List, a catalog of the disturbingly speedy way that references change, worldviews shift, and generation gaps gape. Some of the list’s most startling items below:

For the Class of 2015,

  • Andre the Giant, River Phoenix, Frank Zappa, Arthur Ashe and the Commodore 64 have always been dead.
  • The only significant labor disputes in their lifetimes have been in major league sports.
  • There have nearly always been at least two women on the Supreme Court, and women have always commanded U.S. Navy ships.
  • More Americans have always traveled to Latin America than to Europe.
  • The Communist Party has never been the official political party in Russia.
  • Women have always been kissing women on television.
  • Their older siblings have told them about the days when Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera were Mouseketeers.
  • Music has always been available via free downloads.
  • Public schools have always made space available for advertising.
  • They’ve always wanted to be like Shaq or Kobe: Michael Who?
  • Refugees and prisoners have always been housed by the U.S. government at Guantanamo.
  • The New York Times and the Boston Globe have never been rival newspapers.

Read the whole list here.

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