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The class of 2011, born in 1989, represent the generation which entered the world as the Cold War was ending.

They have no memory of the Berlin Wall.

Rush Limbaugh and the “Dittoheads” have always been lambasting liberals.

They never “rolled down” a car window.

They have grown up with bottled water.

Nelson Mandela has always been free and a force in South Africa.

Rap music has always been mainstream.

Religious leaders have always been telling politicians what to do, or else!

“Off the hook” has never had anything to do with a telephone.

Russia has always had a multi-party political system.

Wal-Mart has always been a larger retailer than Sears and has always employed more workers than GM.

When all else fails, the Prozac defense has always been a possibility.

U2 has always been more than a spy plane.

Stadiums, rock tours and sporting events have always had corporate names.

Fox has always been a major network.

They drove their parents crazy with the Beavis and Butt-head laugh.

Women’s studies majors have always been offered on campus.

Being a latchkey kid has never been a big deal.

Thanks to MySpace and Facebook, autobiography can happen in real time.

They learned about JFK from Oliver Stone and Malcolm X from Spike Lee.

Virtual reality has always been available when the real thing failed.

China has always been more interested in making money than in reeducation.

Tiananmen Square is a 2008 Olympics venue, not the scene of a massacre.

MTV has never featured music videos.

Jerry Springer has always been lowering the level of discourse on TV.

They get much more information from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert than from the newspaper.

They’re always texting 1 n other.

They will encounter roughly equal numbers of female and male professors in the classroom.

Avatars have nothing to do with Hindu deities.

The World Wide Web has been an online tool since they were born.

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