a college degree in zombies and lady gaga? [day 159]

Zombies 101: Okay, this is for real.   The University of Baltimore is offering a new class, a class on zombies.  The class will study America’s fascination with zombie movies and pop culture.  The class will watch 16 classic zombie films, read zombie comics and their final project is to create their ideal zombie flick.

The University of Baltimore is not the first to have this type of class.  A college in Illinois and one in Iowa did something similar.  I’m all about studying pop culture, as I do it, I just don’t have a college credit for it.

Lady Gaga Intermediate: Yep, she’s now the focal point of a college course at the University of South Carolina.  The only point.  A class fully dedicated to the study of Lady Gaga.  The professor starting this wants to explore what makes a person famous and what superstardom means in today’s culture.  Here’s the course description: “The central objective is to unravel some of the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady Gaga.”

Again, it’s good to study pop culture, and I’m not opposed to the study of specific people or groups, but I think we should expand our realm of analyzation.  Instead of one case study, why not look at 5 or 6 of them?  Make it more of a pop culture class versus studying one situation.  That would be like ditching psychology classes and having a class only on Pavlov or Phineas Gage.  There’s a lot to be learned from them, but a whole semester?

Cultural Issues Class: Now this is a class where all of this could fall under a logical heading and allow the study of culture.  Some say we are still in the post modern era but I think it’s time for a new era.  I have no idea what to call it or how to even identify all of the details of what that might look like.  The closest I can come is a word I made up.

Excessable: [ex-ses-uh-buhl]  The materialism excess in our current culture and how readily accessible it is. [see the art collection excessable]

Finding and Photographing Creepy Dolls: Yes, I’m starting my own class.  It is the study of our cultural obsession with plastic, lifeless beings that we love as children and abandon as grown ups.  We will concentrate on where these dolls live, how to find them, strange displays and how to photograph them in their own abandoned environments.  Here are some of the photographs we will look at and analyze.  Classes will begin in December and you must have your own camera and transportation.

Jody Wissing is a professor of doll and mannequin creepology in the Dallas area and has extensive experience locating and photographing these plastic inanimate creations.



No Responses to “a college degree in zombies and lady gaga? [day 159]”

  • Ozzmodaus Says:

    And people have the gall to wonder why the US education system is lacking….sheeesh. . Ok the doll stuff….creepy.

    ~Ozz~

    • embracechaos Says:

      At least they’re college courses. I can only imagine my kids coming home from 4th grade and talking about the study of zombies and lady gaga.

      As for the dolls… you can come to my class. 😉

  • chambersproduction Says:

    Did you notice that the Lady Gaga course was “Intermediate” and there was a pre-requisite course of “Beginning Lady Gaga”? So it obviously takes two semesters to teach them how to get their Gaga on.

    And yes, the doll stuff… very creepy…

  • tuggeyinfrisco Says:

    OK – I will admin I had to look up Phineas Gage….been to the class, I’d like to lead a breakout session on Raggedy Ann. What do you think?

  • tuggeyinfrisco Says:

    They used to teach this class on Madonna….guess the times, they are a changin’….

  • Ozzmodaus Says:

    Sick and twisted? You bet i’ll be there!

    ~Ozz~