I used to post these pretty regularly on a past incarnation of the board.

If you are unfamiliar, each August, starting in 1998, Beloit College in Beloit, WI presents The Mindset List, "providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall." It initially was meant to be a guide to the faculty to help them understand the incoming freshman class, by pointing out the things that "everybody" knows are different for the teachers as they are for those students, because times have changed. Accordingly, it's a warning to those teachers to "watch their references."

For example, one past Mindset List points out that the icon on computers for saving files is an image of a 3.5 floppy disk, which is something no teenager today has ever used and likely has never ever seen.

As an additional wrinkle, this year's list adds 10 entries of expressions the young people use that the older generation may not understand.

Without futher ado: The 2019 Beloit College Mindset List

Students heading into their first year of college this year are mostly 18 and were born in 1997. 

Among those who have never been alive in their lifetimes are Princess Diana, Notorious B.I.G., Jacques Cousteau, and Mother Teresa.

Joining them in the world the year they were born were Dolly the sheep, The McCaughey septuplets, and Michael “Prince” Jackson Jr.

Since they have been on the planet:

1. Hybrid automobiles have always been mass produced.

2. Google has always been there, in its founding words, “to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible.” 

3. They have never licked a postage stamp.

4. Email has become the new “formal” communication, while texts and tweets remain enclaves for the casual.

5. Four foul-mouthed kids have always been playing in South Park.

6. Hong Kong has always been under Chinese rule.

7. They have grown up treating Wi-Fi as an entitlement. 

8. The NCAA has always had a precise means to determine a national champion in college football.

9. The announcement of someone being the “first woman” to hold a position has only impressed their parents.

10. Charlton Heston is recognized for waving a rifle over his head as much as for waving his staff over the Red Sea.

11. Color photos have always adorned the front page of The New York Times.

12. Ellis Island has always been primarily in New Jersey.

13. “No means no” has always been morphing, slowly, into “only yes means yes.”

14. Cell phones have become so ubiquitous in class that teachers don’t know which students are using them to take notes and which ones are planning a party.

15. The Airport in Washington, D.C., has always been Reagan National Airport.

16. Their parents have gone from encouraging them to use the Internet to begging them to get off it.       

17. If you say “around the turn of the century,” they may well ask you, “which one?”

18. They have avidly joined Harry Potter, Ron, and Hermione as they built their reading skills through all seven volumes.

19. Attempts at human cloning have never been federally funded but do require FDA approval.

20. "Crosstown Classic” and the “Battle of the Bay” have always been among the most popular interleague rivalries in Major League Baseball.

21. Carry Me Back to Old Virginny has never been the official song of the Virginia Commonwealth.

22. Phish Food has always been available from Ben and Jerry.

23. Kyoto has always symbolized inactivity about global climate change.

24. When they were born, cell phone usage was so expensive that families only used their large phones, usually in cars, for emergencies. 

25. The therapeutic use of marijuana has always been legal in a growing number of American states.

26. The eyes of Texas have never looked upon The Houston Oilers.

27. Teachers have always had to insist that term papers employ sources in addition to those found online. 

28. In a world of DNA testing, the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington has never included a Vietnam War veteran “known only to God.”

29. Playhouse Disney was a place where they could play growing up.

30. Surgeons have always used “super glue” in the operating room.

31. Fifteen nations have always been constructing the International Space Station.

32. The Lion King has always been on Broadway.

33. Phoenix Lights is a series of UFO sightings, not a filtered cigarette.

34. Scotland and Wales have always had their own parliaments and assemblies.

35. At least Mom and Dad had their new Nintendo 64 to help them get through long nights sitting up with the baby.

36. First Responders have always been heroes.

37. Sir Paul and Sir Elton have always been knights of the same musical roundtable.

38. CNN has always been available en Español.

39. Heaven’s Gate has always been more a trip to Comet Hale-Bopp and less a film flop.

40. Splenda has always been a sweet option in the U.S.

41. The Atlanta Braves have always played at Turner Field.

42. Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic have always been members of NATO.

43. Humans have always had implanted radio frequency ID chips—slightly larger than a grain of rice.

44. TV has always been in such high definition that they could see the pores of actors and the grimaces of quarterbacks. 

45. Mr. Jones and Mr. Smith have always been Men in Black, not their next-door neighbors.

46. The proud parents recorded their first steps on camcorders, mounted on their shoulders like bazookas.

47. They had no idea how fortunate they were to enjoy the final four years of Federal budget surpluses.

48. Amoco gas stations have steadily vanished from the American highway.

49. Vote-by-mail has always been the official way to vote in Oregon.

50. ...and there has always been a Beloit College Mindset List.

                                              ***

In fairness to the class of 2019 the following are a few of the expressions from their culture that will baffle their parents, older friends, and teachers …with translations.

1. They need to plan ahead so they don't find themselves "dankrupt."

One of a variety of painful declarations that we are out of weed. 

2. A heavy dose of "Natty Light" has always caught up with them in the morning.

It may taste great and be less filling, but there are limits. 

3. As long as they can find a ballpoint pen they can use their "redneck teleprompter." 

The bigger the back of your hand, the more notes you can include, but don’t get caught looking. 

4. "Smartphone shuffles" have always slowed down traffic between classes. 

One can avoid all eye contact as one moves through the madding texting crowd.

5. "Vatican Roulette" has always been risky but acceptable. 

If you’ve got rhythm and like your planning natural, then Vatican Roulette is the game for you.

6. A significant other who is a bit "too Yoko Ono" has always created tension.   

A partner too hard to handle…hard for your friends to compete with perfection.

7. “Quiche” has everything to do with hot and nothing to do with food.

Turn down the heat. Some people are just so hot they enhance the appetite.

8. “Trolling” innocents on social media has always been uncharitable.  

Cynical and bullying attacks on happy campers, preserved on the internet, may come back to haunt you.

9. They'll know better than to text their professors "TL DR" about assignments

…and just hope their professor doesn’t scribble back to them, about their own papers: “TOO LONG: DIDN'T READ.” 

10. Slurring “textroverts” have always been a fact of social life.

If you're too drunk to say it face to face, you probably should wait until morning before you start texting. 

Copyright© 2015 Beloit College

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I really wouldn't want to go back to pre-cable days.  We used to get 3 and a half channels over the air, and as far as I know, the town still does... CBC, CTV, and either Global or PBS depending on what part of the building you setup your TV in.  Where I live now would probably get 5, losing PBS and getting a couple of french channels.

BTW, speaking to Emerkeith's earlier points, not everyone has a flat screen type or HDTV, I'm still using a CRT.  Can't see any point to getting rid of it when it still works and I know other people that are the same way.  (Perhaps even more oddly, I know a number of people, including myself, that only have one TV in their whole house.)  Additionally, WIFI access is nowhere near universal, around here, it's a lot closer than it used to be, but it's not there yet, and when you start taking into account controlled access and/or areas you need to pay for it, the coverage map goes down a lot.  Throw in spotty cell coverage in rural areas and I think there's a very good case to be made that the people making the list looked towards urbanized areas and assumed their experience was universal.  (And before you assume I'm just talking from some sort of backwards Canadian experience, Downeast Maine is further behind service wise than we are, and based on some of the things I've heard about the Northwest, I don't think they're the only place in the US that is.)

...Okay , a belated thing I meant to say before ~ A friend of mine is a very active Internet user .

  He lives in WA , in  what I think he said is the outskirts of this rather rural county's seat (A couple counties away from the one where the state capitol is . ) . He personally has dial-up Internet .

  He has said that " if there was no walmart (in his town) (and I think that means in " the town proper " , or in another town , him being half-way between the two , I think that is where his house is) chances are there'd be no high speed internet outside of satellite , just like thousands of other small towns in America " . Well-off people do themselves have Wi-Fi in their houses .

  No public Wi-Fi in his direct area , or in  the two small towns he's halfway between .

  This is 2015 .

  So , every 17-18 year-old Beloit frosh has , their whole entire life of Internet use , had Wi-Fi so always there that they only notice it when there is no Wi-Fi ?

...Just rereading the intro do this , as far as that floppy disc-esque icon goes , established phrases/whatever WILL hang on for a while after they're literally not present reality (& I see that's from the BML itself , not use of it as I said !!!!!) - I won't even try to wrack my brain for " examples " here , in your

heart you know I'm right (In your guts  you know I'm nuts ??? :-)) !!!

  Look , too , this isn't about " they haven't seen a B&W TV in use or stuck an 8-track in the player " , that's not what was being argued by Beliot , it was " 17-18 - to , okay , maybe ' age of reason-starting last 12 years or so " (Though that maybe have been added by us here to the assumption ?)...And , letting Mr. Cranky Pants return :-0...is a professor- Uh , assistant:--... - to be utterly careful to NEVER , EVER, ever use an (allegedly) not literally up-to-date phrase anymore for the fear that today's New Power Generation darlings ~ GASP ! ~ might no*t have heard of it before , or anyway , not have it in their direct experience ? The 17s-on were smart enough to get into college in the first place , yes ???

  I mean I hear about this college movement in support of " trigger warnings " if there's a phrase somewhere that could , even possibly , disturb anyone...

  My " If they were smart enough..." concept was rather the seed for my " bratitorum " jokey speculation that seemed to throw folk/s off here , it - JOKED ! - that perhaps the average Beloit student , at least a non-scholarship or poor disadvantaged one whose folks instead paid full price for their sojourn at BC , might be a behavorial/grade issues rich  kid ????...:-)

*Left that " not " out before . Ay yi yi !!!!!!!!!!!



Emerkeith Davyjack said:

...Just rereading the intro do this , as far as that floppy disc-esque icon goes , established phrases/whatever WILL hang on for a while after they're literally not present reality (& I see that's from the BML itself , not use of it as I said !!!!!) - I won't even try to wrack my brain for " examples " here , in your

heart you know I'm right (In your guts  you know I'm nuts ??? :-)) !!!

  Look , too , this isn't about " they haven't seen a B&W TV in use or stuck an 8-track in the player " , that's not what was being argued by Beliot , it was " 17-18 - to , okay , maybe ' age of reason-starting last 12 years or so " (Though that maybe have been added by us here to the assumption ?)...And , letting Mr. Cranky Pants return :-0...is a professor- Uh , assistant:--... - to be utterly careful to NEVER , EVER, ever use an (allegedly) not literally up-to-date phrase anymore for the fear that today's New Power Generation darlings ~ GASP ! ~ might no*t have heard of it before , or anyway , not have it in their direct experience ? The 17s-on were smart enough to get into college in the first place , yes ???

  I mean I hear about this college movement in support of " trigger warnings " if there's a phrase somewhere that could , even possibly , disturb anyone...

  My " If they were smart enough..." concept was rather the seed for my " bratitorum " jokey speculation that seemed to throw folk/s off here , it - JOKED ! - that perhaps the average Beloit student , at least a non-scholarship or poor disadvantaged one whose folks instead paid full price for their sojourn at BC , might be a behavorial/grade issues rich  kid ????...:-)

*Left that " not " out before . Ay yi yi !!!!!!!!!!!

I'm sorry, but I cannot decipher this. 

...Language terms will hang on a while after they're literally true (We still refer to a  " film/filming " though most mainstream stuff , certainly for TV , is shot on DV .) .

  I made a  joke referencing Barry Goldwater's 1964 campaign slogan and what wags of the time did to it in response .

  I said that the Beloit list was not about " they haven't seen a B&W TV " , it speaks of the last 17-18 (to 10-11 , if you want to start counting at school/reading age) years .

  I explained the origin of my " bratitorium " joke and bitched some more about what have said I feel is what , at least , the vulgarized meaning that has been attached to the Beloit list by others and argued against the concept .



ClarkKent_DC said:



Emerkeith Davyjack said:

...Just rereading the intro do this , as far as that floppy disc-esque icon goes , established phrases/whatever WILL hang on for a while after they're literally not present reality (& I see that's from the BML itself , not use of it as I said !!!!!) - I won't even try to wrack my brain for " examples " here , in your

heart you know I'm right (In your guts  you know I'm nuts ??? :-)) !!!

  Look , too , this isn't about " they haven't seen a B&W TV in use or stuck an 8-track in the player " , that's not what was being argued by Beliot , it was " 17-18 - to , okay , maybe ' age of reason-starting last 12 years or so " (Though that maybe have been added by us here to the assumption ?)...And , letting Mr. Cranky Pants return :-0...is a professor- Uh , assistant:--... - to be utterly careful to NEVER , EVER, ever use an (allegedly) not literally up-to-date phrase anymore for the fear that today's New Power Generation darlings ~ GASP ! ~ might no*t have heard of it before , or anyway , not have it in their direct experience ? The 17s-on were smart enough to get into college in the first place , yes ???

  I mean I hear about this college movement in support of " trigger warnings " if there's a phrase somewhere that could , even possibly , disturb anyone...

  My " If they were smart enough..." concept was rather the seed for my " bratitorum " jokey speculation that seemed to throw folk/s off here , it - JOKED ! - that perhaps the average Beloit student , at least a non-scholarship or poor disadvantaged one whose folks instead paid full price for their sojourn at BC , might be a behavorial/grade issues rich  kid ????...:-)

*Left that " not " out before . Ay yi yi !!!!!!!!!!!

I'm sorry, but I cannot decipher this. 

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