Lady GagA+

Congratulations to the University of South Carolina, the first institution of higher learning to enshrine 21st Century poetess Lady Gaga in its curriculum.

Via Friday’s New York Times:

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta may not sound famous, but the University of South Carolina is offering a course next spring devoted to her — and the sociology of fame.

Apparently one secret to becoming famous is to change your name. Ms. Germanotta now goes by Lady Gaga.

What else accounts for the soaring popularity of the 24-year-old global phenom? The question has intrigued and inspired Mathieu Deflem, 48, a sociology professor at the University of South Carolina at Columbia, who plans to teach a course called “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame.” He believes it is the only such full-time college course in the country.

Thank Godga for small blessings, eh?

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5 Responses to Lady GagA+

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  2. Colleen. says:

    Guess I need to take the class.
    The ‘superess’

  3. Steve Stein says:

    I have heard of (and ridiculed) a lot of pop culture classes through the years, but this one actually seems to make some sense.

    “Lady Gaga” is a consciously manufactured product, a construct of Germanotta (in her mid-teens), initially managed and marketed by her father. As a product, it’s wildly popular, and the manufacturing and management of it is worthy of study. We are in an age where fame can be manufactured, and while that’s not altogether new, the dynamics and potential is much greater now than ever before.

    If done correctly, this could be one of the most profitable courses a student might take!

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