This is one of those it's hell-being-30-something moments.
The Onion's AV Club reported yesterday that there is something called a Seinfeld Campus Tour, "a 26-city, 10,000 mile cross-country road trip in a 60-foot long Seinfeld branded, bio-diesel fueled bus designed to integrate the show directly into the digital, on-the-move, multi-tasking lifestyle of college students and members of the 70 million plus millennial demographic." (Stop: Too many buzzwords.)
Question from the stocky, slow-witted bald guy (but not short!), who's apparently passing to the other side of the generation gap: You mean when someone of a certain age says "not that there's anything wrong with that," in the presence of someone 18-24 and they just smiled and nodded, it was a pity smile? They were just humouring the geezer for being trapped in a time warp?
(At the same time, there's no language barrier with the young youth today who were barely out of kindergarten during The Simpsons' peak years. Seinfeld was about nothing, but it tapped into something that was very peculiar to its era.)
This is not so unsettling. It's good to know that biggest challenge on college campus in the most powerful country in the free world, the one next door to Canada, aren't the thousand students who need remedial reading courses when they arrive in university. Many struggle with comprehension since their entire school career has been solely based on being able to pass a standardized test (which was such a good idea that, of course, it was implemented in Ontario and helped put in on the fast track to being a have-not province). It's not having to deal with students from areas of the United States where so many people don't believe in science, to the point that laws actually had to be passed requiring evolution be taught in classrooms.
No, it's that undergrads don't know about Junior Mints or where the notion of being "(blank)-worthy" got started.
That's a shame.