Charlie's Diary: Youth of today
The year is 2008.
An eighteen year old today was born in 1990.
They don't remember Margaret Thatcher. John Major stopped being Prime Minister when they were seven. The huge political scandals of the last conservative government are history.
Labour are the natural party of government and fiscal prudence. They're also in favour of nuclear weapons, privatization of what's left of the public sector, and friends with George W. Bush (who is the only American president they really remember).
The Soviet Union, the East German Stasi, Nazi Germany, and Napoleon Bonaparte are all boogymen out of ancient history. The Apollo Project — wasn't that an old Tom Hanks movie?
They probably remember 9/11 vaguely, and all the grown-ups being very upset. They were ten at the time.
The Simpsons have always been on Sky.
Kylie Minogue has always been a singer.
AIDS has been around forever, but there are meds you can take to cure it [not true, but a common misconception among the young].
Every adult had, and has always had, a mobile phone. They've had one of their own since they were eleven.
The internet has always been around. Cable or satellite TV has always been around. CDs and DVDs have always been around (and are boringly bulky). Freeview has always been around. iPods have been around since they were ten. They've never seen a Sony Walkman, though they've probably heard old farts mention them. And what did the coffin dodgers do with those big black round things, exactly?