Each August for the past 11 years, Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college. Students entering college for the first time this fall were generally born in 1990.
For these students, Jim Henson, and Freddy Krueger have always been dead.
Harry Potter could be a classmate, playing on their Quidditch team.
Since they were in diapers, karaoke machines have been annoying people at parties.
They have always been looking for Carmen Sandiego.
Gas stations have never fixed flats, but most serve cappuccino.
WWW has never stood for World Wide Wrestling.
IBM has never made typewriters.
There has always been Pearl Jam.
Pee-Wee has never been in his playhouse during the day.
Caller ID has always been available on phones.
Check out the whole list.