USC Is A Great School

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You would have a better time receiving a decent education from a Speak & Spell than you would in the South Carolina school system. Why do I say that? Oh, no reason. BBC reports:

The University of South Carolina has developed a sociology course dedicated to the life, work and rise to fame of pop star Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga and the Sociology of the Fame is to be taught by Professor Mathieu Deflem, a fan of the singer. Course documents said students would learn to “engage in sound and substantiated scholarly thinking” on issues related to her fame. The course, which has its own blog, is due to start in spring 2011. The Belgian born sociologist, whose research interests also include counter-terrorism, international policing, crime control and internet technology, says he has seen Lady Gaga in concert 30 times. “We’re going to look at Lady Gaga as a social event,” Prof Deflem told the USC student newspaper, the Daily Gamecock. “So it’s not the person, and it’s not the music. It’s more this thing out there in society that has 10 million followers on Facebook and six million on Twitter. I mean, that’s a social phenomenon.” The course description says it aims to “unravel some of the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady Gaga with respect to her music, videos, fashion, and other artistic endeavors”.

“Juan Carlos, before you clean the pool be a good boy and fetch Daddy his slippers”, Professor Mathieu Deflem went on to say while twirling his parasol and petting a white tiger cub.