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The Syracuse University Institute of Pop Culture



November 14, 2009 – Comments (5)

This isn't about investing either, but c'mon, seriously, I had to share this.  This really exists.  From their website:

The purpose of the Institute is to explore popular culture as a complex and understudied area of education. Grounded in qualitative research methods, members of the Institute are concerned with how individuals and groups come to make sense of their experiences, and make meanings in their popular culture practices. As researchers, academics, teachers and students, we advocate for an examination of popular culture that both develops critique and articulates pleasure, negotiating the two as a dynamic in the pedagogic relationship.

I leave you to comment.  Go Orangemen!

David in Qatar

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#1) On November 14, 2009 at 10:50 AM, USNHR (29.71) wrote:

an examination of popular culture


 as soon as they examine it, it is no longer pop culture...

 Kind of like if your parents start agreeing with the rebellious things you do when you are a a teenager... it looses all appeal. 


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#2) On November 14, 2009 at 12:37 PM, angusthermopylae (37.91) wrote:

Grounded in qualitative research methods...

Sounds like an excuse to do immersive field work.  "Pass the bong, please"

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#3) On November 14, 2009 at 3:31 PM, Eudemonic (60.06) wrote:

Then there was the study of "Poop Culture" to determine why it stinks.

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#4) On November 16, 2009 at 2:03 PM, lemoneater (57.10) wrote:

I'm going to do my dissertation on the social-economic impact of CAPs blogs. I will have plenty of material:)

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#5) On November 19, 2009 at 12:55 PM, nzsvz9 (< 20) wrote:


Having studied at a small college for an undergraduate engineering degree, I was constantly amused that future engineering graduates at the big state university could take 4 credit hours of canoeing toward their engineering degree.

Mind you, not the physics of canoeing, or wind/water tunnel fluid dynamics and mechanics of canoeing, nor the design, manufacture, maintenance or reapir of canoeing - just the simple pleasure of canoeing.

And some parents paid for it ... I have no doubt pop culture will some day become a major. Like all the communications majors I've interviewed who can't spell, say "like" every other word, play with their DS's in the waiting room, and couldn't plan their way out of a bathroom with clearly marked exits.

"This way to the great egress ..." - P.T. Barnum

Known by my graduating class as nzsvz9

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