Generation X?

Does the X stand for "unknown" (scientific term) or "unknowing"?
Or just plain uneducated?

The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1980.

  *The Iranian hostage crisis occurred before they were conceived.

  *They have no memory of a time before M-TV.

  *"New Wave" is their PARENTS musical generation.

  *Cyndi Lauper, Boy George, the Pretenders, the Kinks, the Sex Pistols 
   -- are all old music they have heard of, if they have heard of it at all.

  *They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan era.

  *They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged.

  *If they have heard the name "Oliver North," it was probably as a 
losing Congressional candidate, or perhaps in some obscure survey 
history text's reference, such as might be made to Huey  Long or Teapot 

  *Black Monday 1987 is as significant to them as the Great Depression.

  *Their world has always included AIDS.

  *Having not lived through the Disco Scare, they can romanticize the 

  *They see "Family Ties" as something middle aged ladies watch.

  *They watched "Star Wars" years ago, when they were kids -- on video.

  *Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums and cassette audiotapes; they 
may have heard OF an 8-track, but probably never actually seen (or heard 

  *From their earliest years, a camera was something you used once and 
threw away.

  *As far as they know, stamps have always cost about 32 cents.

  *The oil crisis is history of which they probably know nothing -- and 
why anyone WOULDN'T buy a suburban is beyond them.

Well, duh...