Ars Technica has an interesting piece on the web 2.0 social networking phenomenon hits college recruiting. Most interesting of all to me is the list of how today's students see the world:
- The Soviet Union has never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union.
- There has always been only one Germany.
- Text messaging is their email.
- Mr. Rogers, not Walter Cronkite, has always been the most trusted man in America.
- There has never been a "skyhook" in the NBA.
- Carbon copies are oddities found in their grandparents' attics.
- They grew up in mini-vans.
- Reality shows have always been on television.
- Affluent troubled teens in Southern California have always been the subjects of television series.
- Michael Moore has always been showing up uninvited.
- They never played the game of state license plates in the car.
Apart from showing that I'm getting old, it really illustrates how the environment with which we're familiar shapes how we see the world.