Friday, November 19, 2010

The Sociology of Fame

On September 10, I wrote about fascinating university courses being offered in very diverse subject areas that include Harry Potter, Star Wars and Robin Hood. I only just read that a course “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame” is being added to the curriculum of the University of Southern Carolina for the spring 2011 semester. According to the New York Times, Mathieu Deflem, a sociology professor at the said university wants to explore what makes a person famous and what being famous means in today’s culture. Or, as the course description puts it: “The central objective is to unravel some of the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady Gaga” (October 29, 2010, p A13, New York edition). He believes it is the only such full-time college course in the country. And it already has the campus buzzing.

Wow, she can now add another brilliant feather to her many hats – a university course to her name. She may be only twenty-four but she has found fame many times over. She makes it so easy!

England football manager Fabio Capello ought to be thrown into the dungeon for causing Liverpool's Steve Gerrard (left) to limp off the field in the international friendly between traditional rivals England and France on Wednesday. In fact, Gerrard was kept on the pitch for a full 84 minutes. His hamstring injury could keep him out for weeks and Liverpool can ill-afford his absence. Capello is being totally irresponsible and reckless, and has zilch regard for his players, which means that he is showing increasing signs of desperation!

England fans should be baying for Capello’s blood because the English side lost 1-2 to France, the latter showing a clinical display of passing football that made the former looked amateurish. Capello is screwing England big-time!

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