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4:44pm on Tuesday, 29th November, 2011:
In my CE217 lecture this morning, I asked if anyone there had heard of Karen Carpenter. No-one said they did.
1) They are afraid to answer any question posed by the lecturer, and would still have remained silent if I had instead asked if there was anyone who hadn't heard of Karen Carpenter.
2) They do know who Karen Carpenter was, but don't want to admit it.
3) They genuinely have no idea who Karen Carpenter was.
Of these, I believe 3) to be predominantly the case. They really haven't a clue who one half of the biggest-selling US musical act of the 1970s. I'm pretty sure when I was their age I would have known the name of the biggest-selling US musical act of the 1940s (whoever that might be). So, what's the difference?
At a guess, I'd say it's because there was less recording artist history when I was an undergraduate, so there was less to know than there is now.
In other news, don't ask students to play board games rated for people aged 13+, they can't make head nor tail of the rules.
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