It is obvious that the media, pop culture, and trends have a direct impact on our society. But the impacts are stronger than ever. As the “Miley Movement” made way in early 2013, no one saw it coming nor the effects it would have. Miley Cyrus, the Disney Channel star who quickly rose to stardom after Hannah Montana aired in 2006, has made a full circle. She is now known for her outrageous behavior at award shows, her lack of clothes, her infamous tongue, and her (not so much) twerking skills. But now our obsession with media and pop culture has reached new levels. One accredited college is now offering a class on the pop star.
Skidmore College in New York is the first college to offer the course which is titled “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender, and Media.” According to the professor,
“The course will examine the way women and their bodies are represented in society. It will also provide a better understanding of the way we see social problems play out through mass media, the way even trivial things, like entertainment reflect larger cultural conflicts on race, class, and social inequality.”
Personally, I don’t see how we can learn all this through examining Miley and her attention seeking behavior. But who knows, maybe Miley’s brain will allow for a new and modern way in understanding human behavior as well as its effects on inequality. Perhaps this is only the beginning of a new era in education. Rutgers University is also transforming the way that they teach in order to meet the needs of our generation. They are doing so by offering a class on an even bigger pop star: Beyonce. The college is offering the course of “Feminist Perspectives: Politicizing Beyonce.”
According to The Today Show, the reason why we are seeing a rise in classes that feature celebrities is because of this generation’s use of technology. Our access to technology enables us to be more connected to the media than ever. It also allows for students to fully engage and participate in a class that has actually sparked their interest. It is a new way of analyzing social behavior and social theory.
It will be interesting to hear feedback from students about this college class. We don’t usually think that the way we talk about pop stars is influenced by a combination of different factors. These classes will bring it all to light and challenge students’ way of thinking.
But will Miley go to college anytime soon?
Will she take a class focused on her own representation and behavior?
I sure hope so.