The Beloit College Mindset List is a list of cultural touchstones that have shaped the lives and reference frames of incoming college freshman. These kids were born in 1991 (that hurts a little), the BCML says.
Members of the class of 2013 won't be surprised when they can charge a latté on their cell phone and curl up in the corner to read a textbook on an electronic screen. The migration of once independent media—radio, TV, videos and CDs—to the computer has never amazed them. They have grown up in a politically correct universe in which multi-culturalism has been a given. It is a world organized around globalization, with McDonald's everywhere on the planet. Carter and Reagan are as distant to them as Truman and Eisenhower were to their parents. Tattoos, once thought "lower class," are, to them, quite chic. Everybody knows the news before the evening news comes on. Thus the class of 2013 heads off to college as tolerant, global, and technologically hip…and with another new host of The Tonight Show.Meanwhile, I saw the Shoe episode of Robot Chicken, including The Death of He-Man, the other night and waxed nostalgic about all of the original He-Man action figures I played with growing up that could now be sold for a lot of money.