Talk stories make you call a friend, tap a co-worker on the shoulder or send an email to a buddy: “Hey, did you see that story in the Tribune about the guy who stole Steve Jobs’ iPad?” Or the one about the historical marker installed last week at the Hyde Park shopping center where President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama had their first kiss.
Take the annual Beloit College Mindset List. You know, that’s the list that shows what this year’s incoming college freshmen are thinking about. Or, more to the point, what they’re not.
For instance, this year’s college freshmen, born in roughly 1994, have grown up in a world that’s always been in “cyberspace.”
Compiled every year since 1998, this list never fails to pique the interest of reporters and readers alike, but why?
Maybe it’s this – any list that attempts to show how young one group is will inevitably interest the group of us who are older.
[ED.’s note: And it seems like there's more of us older people every year.]
-- Rob Manker
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