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Cultural changes

March 3, 2010 - Blaine Hyska

Feeling old? Cultural changes make me feel even older.

The Beloit College Mindset List, an annual study of cultural landmarks, emphasizes today’s generation gap.

For today’s teens, rap music has always been mainstream, Mike Tyson has always been a felon, wars have always been broadcast live on TV, there has always been the Internet, flat-screen TVs, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, and the KGB never officially existed.

The older sports fans recall the great matchup between Irvin “Magic” Johnson of Michigan State University, and Larry Bird of Indiana State University.

Today’s youth new Johnson was HIV positive before they even heard he had played for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Today’s youth have never known a world without cable TV, HBO or the Cartoon Network. And they’ve never had the pleasure of using a card catalog.

Today, everyone’s all about texting and BFF acronyms. It’s a nightmare for non-texters.
Want to confuse them? Ask them what RSVP means. Many older folks know that “repondez s'il vous plait,” is French for "respond if you please."

For today’s youth, author Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Queen singer Freddie Mercury and "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry have always been dead.

And sadly, they’ve always known war. Many were born during Desert Storm.

Twenty years from now, they’ll be wondering how they got so old.


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