Beloit College is out with its annual Mindset List for incoming freshmen. It was developed as a cultural guide for the faculty about what these students, born in 1991, have in their common knowledge base. Some of the highlights:

  • The Green Giant has always been Shrek, not the big guy picking vegetables.
  • They have never used a card catalog to find a book.
  • Tattoos have always been very chic and highly visible.
  • Rap music has always been main stream.
  • The KGB has never officially existed.
  • Text has always been hyper.
  • They have never had to “shake down” an oral thermometer.
  • The European Union has always existed.
  • Cable television systems have always offered telephone service and vice versa.
  • The American health care system has always been in critical condition.
  • Women have always outnumbered men in college.
  • We have always watched wars, coups, and police arrests unfold on television in real time.
  • Everyone has always known what the evening news was before the Evening News came on.

The full list is here.