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University of South Carolina Offers Course on Lady Gaga (YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)
WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta, Ga. ^ | 2010-10-29 | Marlena Wilson

Posted on 10/30/2010 1:49:02 PM PDT by rabscuttle385

Columbia, SC -- She’s conquered music, makes a fashion statement, has influenced politics… now she’s a course subject at the University of South Carolina. I’m talking about Lady Gaga. Starting this spring the University will offer a course titled “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame”.

Longtime sociology professor – Mathiew Deflem – will be teaching the course. Normally his focus is on criminology, policing, and the sociology of law. But the professor admits that he is a huge fan of Lady Gaga. To his knowledge this is the only course of it’s kind in the country.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: college; education; ladygaga; napl; sociology; southcarolina; useless

1 posted on 10/30/2010 1:49:07 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
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To: upchuck

fyi


2 posted on 10/30/2010 1:49:32 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

Well considering they are the Cocks, perhaps it’s appropriate to study Lady Gaga, since she has one.


3 posted on 10/30/2010 1:51:17 PM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers - Oh well it was a nice season.)
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To: rabscuttle385

And then these boneheads with “tuition receipts” can’t figure out why no one will hire them.


4 posted on 10/30/2010 1:51:41 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Just another white boy riding in the back of the bus.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Is it a seminar on abnormal psychology?


5 posted on 10/30/2010 1:52:03 PM PDT by jmcenanly
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To: rabscuttle385

Is it possible to MAJOR in the sociology of fame? Become a fame consultant!/s


6 posted on 10/30/2010 1:52:53 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: rabscuttle385
Are you a tenured faculty member who, for whatever reason, no longer remembers anything worth teaching? No problem, brother! We've got the exact solution to your... ahh... little problem.

A course on Lady Gaga! No, really! It's a great idea! Taxpayers who are paying most of your nice fat salary will go nuts over it! I mean after all, it's South Carolina, right? Alvin Greene country, right? No downside in sight!

7 posted on 10/30/2010 1:53:29 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: rabscuttle385
University of South Carolina Offers Course on Lady Gaga (YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)

What a complete waste of time and money! College has become an indoctrination into stupidity.

8 posted on 10/30/2010 1:54:36 PM PDT by stripes1776
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To: rabscuttle385; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; ...
USC has several campuses (campi?). Wonder which one will be defiled with this "course?" Article doesn't say.

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9 posted on 10/30/2010 2:09:15 PM PDT by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: rabscuttle385
Oh, I dunno. I don't pay a lot of attention to her, but LG seems kinda neat to me. I suspect there's some real intelligence and humor underlying her outrageous shtick, and she seems to have a firm grasp of the public mind. Maybe she is worth a college course.
10 posted on 10/30/2010 2:14:06 PM PDT by Grut
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To: rabscuttle385

This is mild compared to some of the leftist crap that got course titles:
“Social Justice in the 21st Century”
“Race, Class, and Gender in the Media” (Lefties attacking their own)
“Latin@ history” (Really, that is the course title)
“Islam and Peace” (Kevin Barrett taught this)
“Politics of Social Justice Movements”


11 posted on 10/30/2010 2:22:41 PM PDT by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: rabscuttle385
Well, actually, over the course of a lifetime I've seen hundreds of courses that were much stupider than this.

“We’re going to look at Lady Gaga as a social event. So it’s not the person, and it’s not the music. It’s more this thing out there in society that has ten million followers on Facebook and six million on Twitter. I mean, that’s a social phenomenon. It’s a global social phenomenon. So the central question of the course is, this fame, which is ironically also the theme of her first records, how can it be accounted for? What are some of the mechanisms and some of the conditions of Lady Gaga’s rise to popularity? What does it mean, and how does a person become famous?”

In a way, Lady Gaga is the perfect example of a phenomenon that has inflicted the western world--Europe as well as America--for the past 40 years or so. Why do certain people become celebrities for no discernable reason?

It seems to me that up until around 1968, a watershed year in cultural history, people were usually famous for some REASON. They accomplished great things. They were great singers, actors, or composers. They were outstandingly handsome or beautiful.

But if you pick up the latest edition of People Magazine, if you look at the latest list of Hollywood starts, if you look at the kind of people who are elected to public office, if you look at the crappy books on the bestseller list, or the even worse books that are endorsed by the literary critics, how do you explain all that?

Or look at Muchelle Obama? How can you account for her getting onto the covers of an endless series of magazines? How do you account for the many people who think she is absolutely wonderful? Why on earth would even a single person pick up a magazine from the newsrack with her on the cover? But they do.

It's a subject I've been interested in for a long time, although I can't say I've ever thought about doing a scholarly study on it. But maybe I should have.

12 posted on 10/30/2010 2:26:18 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Should be a marketing course.


13 posted on 10/30/2010 2:27:03 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both.)
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To: Cicero

My old friend Harold Bloom used to say that the hippy generation were much like lemmings. That’s one explanation. Lemmings get an idea into their tiny little heads—it certainly doesn’t have to be a rational idea—and they run with it, right off a cliff, all sticking together.

Postmodern celebrity is much like that, IMHO.


14 posted on 10/30/2010 2:30:43 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: stripes1776

Democrat Senator Lautenberg had Lady GaGa entertain at his birthday bash. He is 80+ yrs old. Go figure


15 posted on 10/30/2010 2:56:50 PM PDT by oldironsides
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To: rabscuttle385

And people wonder why education in the U.S. is in the toilet!!!


16 posted on 10/30/2010 3:34:53 PM PDT by Wuli
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17 posted on 10/30/2010 3:41:13 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: rabscuttle385

USC-Hades campus


18 posted on 10/30/2010 4:39:54 PM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (Nov. 2, 2010, Circle the Date)
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To: rabscuttle385

“She’s conquered music, makes a fashion statement, has influenced politics”
I must be from another planet because I missed all of this.
I’d fail the course because I’d skip all of the classes.
What is the school thinking when the accepted this guy’s course proposal? That school needs to be defunded!!!


19 posted on 10/30/2010 4:44:56 PM PDT by JimmyMc
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To: rabscuttle385
Yeah that's what you get going to USC....Need to be at CLEMSON!!
20 posted on 10/30/2010 5:36:37 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: rabscuttle385; Slings and Arrows; Constitution Day; Tijeras_Slim

21 posted on 10/30/2010 5:41:00 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

Between the two of them that’s quite a bit of sausage.


22 posted on 10/30/2010 5:54:19 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: rabscuttle385

I certainly have lost touch with current “pop” stuff. I know nothing about this “Lady Ga Ga.” Neither do I think I want to know.


23 posted on 10/30/2010 6:46:40 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Slings and Arrows

Gee, I never knew that was real meat. Ew.


24 posted on 10/31/2010 6:00:29 AM PDT by TheOldLady (The only way to run our country is conservatively.)
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To: TheOldLady

She is a prize, isn’t she?


25 posted on 10/31/2010 9:32:19 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Booby prize?

Just for you, a pair of beautiful boobys:


26 posted on 10/31/2010 9:42:32 AM PDT by TheOldLady (The only way to run our country is conservatively.)
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27 posted on 10/31/2010 11:21:52 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thanks!


28 posted on 10/31/2010 11:25:01 AM PDT by TheOldLady (The only way to run our country is conservatively.)
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To: martin_fierro

LMAO!


29 posted on 10/31/2010 11:49:50 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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