The Mindset Lists of American History: From Typewriters to Text Messages, What Ten Generations of Americans Think Is Normal
Just as high school graduates in 1957 couldn't imagine life without zippers, those of 2009 can't imagine having to enter phone booths and deposit coins in order to call someone from the street corner. Every August, the Mindset List highlights the cultural touchstones that hav...more
Anyway, it is basically a every 13 year listing of each generations milestones, iconic interests and general Americana. It starts with the generation before the turn of the cent ...more
Generations seem to look at one another through a "grass is always greener" lens, where the current always thinks their parent's and children's' generations has it better of for one reason or another (think of the "I had to walk ten miles in snow to get to school every day" stories). I always thought life was simple for my parents in that I assumed they grew up in a time where people could always get by on less and didn't have as ...more
The book takes generations who would have graduated HS in 898,1918,1931,1944,1957,1970,1983,1996,2009,and looks at the events that have shaped their generation both before they were born as as they grew up. We always joke ...more
I also enjoyed the explanations that followed the lists themselves, as some of the items weren't self-explanatory to me.
Like many people I look at the lists yearly when they come out, looking for something that might help me understand my own 8th grade students. The book was interesting in that it skipped years so you could really see big shifts. I liked the chapter on the predictions for kids born in 2008.