is it better to burn out AND fade away?

“For students entering college this fall, e-mail is too slow, phones have never had cords and Clint Eastwood brings to mind a sensitive film director, not the catchphrase “go ahead, make my day.” These are among the 75 items on this year’s Beloit College Mindset List.”

Here’s the article:

Nirvana a classic oldie? What today’s college student believes

The Globe and Mail picks out some highlights from the grad class of 2014, 2009, 2004.


•Few in the class know how to write in cursive.
•“Go west, young college grad,” has always implied “and don’t stop until you get to Asia and learn Cantonese along the way.”
•“Caramel macchiato” and “venti half-caff vanilla latte” have always been street-corner lingo.
•A quarter of the class has at least one immigrant parent, and the immigration debate is not a big priority unless it involves “real” aliens from another planet
•Fergie is a pop singer, not a princess.
•Unless they found one in their grandparents’ closet, they have never seen a carousel of slides.
•Czechoslovakia has never existed.
•Russians and Americans have always been living together in space.
•Nirvana is on the classic oldies station.
•The United States, Canada, and Mexico have always agreed to trade freely.


•They don’t remember when “cut and paste” involved scissors.
•Heart-lung transplants have always been possible.
•Wayne Gretzky never played for Edmonton.
•Al-Qaeda has always existed with Osama bin Laden at its head.
•Voice mail has always been available.
•“Whatever” is not part of a question but an expression of sullen rebuke.
•Money put in their savings account the year they were born earned almost 7-per-cent interest.
•Snowboarding has always been a popular winter pastime.
•Digital cameras have always existed.
•America’s Funniest Home Videos has always been on television.


•They have probably never lost anything in shag carpeting.
•M.A.S.H. and The Muppet Show have always been in re-runs.
•There have always been ABM machines.
•They have always been able to afford Calvin Klein.
•They have never heard a phone “ring.”
•They never dressed up for a plane flight.
•“Coming out” parties celebrate more than debutantes.
•They have never used a bottle of correction fluid.
•“Spam” and “cookies” are not necessarily foods.
•They feel more danger from having sex and being in school, than from possible nuclear war.

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One Comment on “is it better to burn out AND fade away?”

  1. i graduated in 2005, but i LOVE MASH reruns, :) and the original movie of course. i’m swooning over tv version’s alan alda and epic movie idol/still my heartthrob donald sutherland (we share the same hometown!) right now!

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