September 5, 2003 -- Volume 9, Number 35
A Publication of the Internet Scout Project
Computer Sciences Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Small World Project at Columbia University How Everyday Things Are Made Nature: Extraordinary Birds Global Trees Campaign The National Security Archive, Nixon Tapes: Secret Recordings from the Nixon White House on Luis Echeverria and Much Much More A Practical Guide to GPS - UTM Organ History
Anne Frank the Writer -- An Unfinished Story WebDesignHelper The Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-1919 World Heritage Tour St. Thomas University School of Law: Diplomacy Monitor Furtherfield.org
Beloit College Releases the Mindeset List for the Class of 2007
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy
Selections from Alan Bloom's "The Closing of the American Mind"
BBC News: Buddies Target Generation Gap
Douglas Coupland's "Generation X" Neo-logisms
The first site leads to a recent news article from Azcentral.com about the release of the Mindset List earlier this week. The second link contains a press release from Beloit College that contains this year's Mindset List, along with a link to an archive of Mindset Lists from the previous five years. The third link will take visitors to the New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, edited by the well-known author and educational theorist, E.D. Hirsch, Jr. and his colleagues. The fourth link leads to excerpts from the controversial 1987 work, "The Closing of the American Mind, authored by Professor Alan Bloom of the University of Chicago, which deals with (among other things) the paucity of interest amongst young people for true edification, reasoned debate, and rational inquiry. The fifth link leads to a BBC news piece from last week about a new program that links young people with pensioners in a buddy scheme (where the young people assist these individuals with chores and such), in attempt to bridge the so-called generation gap. The final link is a compilation of the neolgisms utilized by Douglas Coupland's interesting tale, Generation X, which was first published in 1992. As the book deals with the post-Baby Boomer population, the phrases included here range from such witticisms as "cafe minimalism" (which means to espouse a philosophy of minimalism without actually putting into practice any of its tenets) to "Dorian Graying" (which means the unwillingness to gracefully allow one's body to show the signs of aging). [KMG]
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