[extropy-chat] FWD (SK) Pop Ph.D.'s: How TV Ate Academics
Terry W. Colvin
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Mon Jan 9 03:53:55 UTC 2006
January 8, 2006
Pop Ph.D.'s: How TV Ate Academics
By JEFF P. LEWIS
TODAY'S academics, many of them Gen X or baby boomers, are far more
tolerant of popular culture than previous generations, says Lynn
Schofield Clark, a communications professor at the University of
Colorado, Boulder, whose research centers on mass media and its
audiences. But she is quick to qualify, saying, "But only when it's
being employed as a bridge to ideas that are relevant, timeless and important."
Perhaps nothing reflects this trend more than the eclectic
dissertation topics of Ph.D.'s - research interests that eventually
filter into the classroom.
In her own thesis, Dr. Clark studied religious symbols and
adolescents, "analyzing the interpretive strategies that teens
brought to such popular television programs as 'Touched by an Angel.' "
Here are others topics:
"Audience Reception Study of the 'Survivor' Series," Richard Crew,
chairman, communications department, College Misericordia (Pennsylvania).
"From the Village Blacksmith to Mr. Good Wrench: Creating Auto
Mechanics in Technology's Middle Ground," Kevin L. Borg, assistant
professor of history, James Madison University (Virginia).
"Myth of Communion: Rhetorical Analysis of the Narratives of Alien
Abductees," Stephanie Kelley-Romano, assistant professor of rhetoric,
Bates College (Maine).
"Sonic Waves: Careers of Rap Musicians, 1979-1995," Jennifer Lena,
assistant professor of sociology, Vanderbilt University (Nashville).
"Unveiled: The Emotion Work of Wedding Coordinators in the American
Wedding Industry," Angela Thompson, professor of sociology, Texas
"Urban Jungles: Zoos and American Society," Jeffrey Hyson, assistant
professor of history, St. Joseph's University (Philadelphia).
"Lowrider Space" (as in low-riding cars), Ben Chappell, assistant
professor of sociology/cultural studies, Bridgewater College (Virginia).
"Doing Gender With Santa: Gender-Typing in Children's Toy
Preferences," Greta E. Pennell, associate professor of teacher
education, University of Indianapolis.
"Spaghetti Dinners and Fireflies in a Jar: The Shaping of Paradoxical
Places and Spaces in Disney's Celebration," Jennifer Prough,
instructor of humanities and anthropology, Valparaiso University (Indiana).
"Reading Culture, Engendering Girls: The Politics of the Everyday in
the Production of Girls' Manga" (Japanese comics), Andrew Wood,
associate professor of communications, San Jose State University.
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