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2013-02-06 01:14:42 PM
 
2013-02-06 01:26:08 PM
Not interested. I can waste my time quite adequately enough, thankyewverymuch.
 
2013-02-06 01:43:58 PM
 "Can Nietzsche's rejection of traditional morality justify Bart's bad behavior?"

Short answer: 'no'

Long answer:

If one accepts that Bart isfundamentallynihilistic then maybe - but then, as a 'child' wouldn't that be expected - at least to a degree?

If so, then Lisa counterpoints with more enlightenment, idealism - and [occasionally] refreshing cynicism. Homer and Marge represent their 'role' models, respectively. Maggie, perhaps more of a blank canvas, exhibits both - sometimes in unexpected ways.

If we believe the Simpsons is an allegory for contempory American society (and not just America), then Bart's behaviouris justified if only because contemporary America has deemed it so. If wedon't then perhaps he's just a character in a satirical cartoon show.

It's amusing perhaps because it hits close to home. It forces us to laugh at some aspects of our own nature we may not otherwise be comfortable with, were they subject to more 'objective' scrutiny.

If [many] people didn't [even on a subconcious level] aspire to emulate some of Bart/Homer's disregard for convention then it would have no resonance. The same could be said of Lisa/Marge's aim to 'do the right thing'. Perhaps Mr. Burns represents some derivative of an Orwellian state ... and so on!

Homer's behaviour is excused because he's [portrayed as] an idiot, Bart because he's a nihilistic child who emulates his Father. Marge because she's [portrayed as] intelligent but frustrated with many aspects of her life, perhaps rueing some of the choices she made along the way. Lisa because she's an idealistic child who emulates her Mother.

It's also true that that blamingpoliticians and legislation (while certainly a factor) is a convenient vehicle to avoid individual responsibility for what we collectively dislike about contempory society. After all, it's much rarer to heap praise on official organs for the things we dolike, isn't it we tend to reserve that accolade unto ourselves, so one might ask ... why is that?
 
2013-02-06 02:32:11 PM

whistleridge: "Can Nietzsche's rejection of traditional morality justify Bart's bad behavior?"

Short answer: 'no'.

Long answer:

If one accepts that Bart isfundamentallynihilistic then maybe - but then, as a 'child' wouldn't that be expected - at least to a degree?

If so, then Lisa counterpoints with more enlightenment, idealism - and [occasionally] refreshing cynicism. Homer and Marge represent their 'role' models, respectively. Maggie, perhaps more of a blank canvas, exhibits both - sometimes in unexpected ways.

If we believe the Simpsons is an allegory for contempory American society (and not just America), then Bart's behaviouris justified if only because contemporary America has deemed it so. If wedon't then perhaps he's just a character in a satirical cartoon show.

It's amusing perhaps because it hits close to home. It forces us to laugh at some aspects of our own nature we may not otherwise be comfortable with, were they subject to more 'objective' scrutiny.

If [many] people didn't [even on a subconcious level] aspire to emulate some of Bart/Homer's disregard for convention then it would have no resonance. The same could be said of Lisa/Marge's aim to 'do the right thing'. Perhaps Mr. Burns represents some derivative of an Orwellian state ... and so on!

Homer's behaviour is excused because he's [portrayed as] an idiot, Bart because he's a nihilistic child who emulates his Father. Marge because she's [portrayed as] intelligent but frustrated with many aspects of her life, perhaps rueing some of the choices she made along the way. Lisa because she's an idealistic child who emulates her Mother.

It's also true that that blamingpoliticians and legislation (while certainly a factor) is a convenient vehicle to avoid individual responsibility for what we collectively dislike about contempory society. After all, it's much rarer to heap praise on official organs for the things we dolike, isn't it we tend to reserve that accolade unto ourselves, so one might ask ... why is t ...


My cat's breath smells like cat food.
 
2013-02-06 02:32:16 PM
Cyberporn and Society  www.mnn.com

Now there a class I really could fap...er,  get an A in.
 
2013-02-06 02:32:41 PM
They seem topical enough.  Back in the day, I took a course on Women's Popular Media that was offered through the ender, Women's and Sexuality Studies program.  We watched soaps and read Harlequin Romances and stuff like that.  I thought it was fascinating.

I still remember the formula for a great Harlequin Romances.  I should actually sit down and write one one of these days.
 
2013-02-06 02:33:34 PM
I've taken a version of the garbage class.  It was mostly a history of urban infrastructure & planning.  It was fascinating.
 
2013-02-06 02:47:39 PM
I took a class called "The Politics of 'The Lord of the Rings'". It was basically a waste but I needed a class in that department to fulfill a degree requirement.
 
2013-02-06 02:51:34 PM
The only one even remotely interesting is the one about the consequences of garbage.  The rest of them are just clownshiat.
 
2013-02-06 03:06:00 PM

nekom: The only one even remotely interesting is the one about the consequences of garbage.  The rest of them are just clownshiat.


Some of them seemed good... the cyberporn one (especially with the whole sexting craze), and the one on fat is certainly relevant lately.  Otherwise I agree with you.
 
2013-02-06 03:15:05 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: I've taken a version of the garbage class. It was mostly a history of urban infrastructure & planning. It was fascinating.


I once took a condensed urban studies class over the summer (3 weeks, 5 days a week, 4 hours a day or something like that). We basically were learning about urban planning (Harlem, Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights), modern architecture (saw some really ugly buildings in Manhattan I had never paid attention to), how the city functioned and it's infrastructure. While most of the trips involved visiting different NYC neighborhoods in the late 80s, one trip was to a waste management plant. That was very interesting (and not as stinky as I thought it would be).
 
2013-02-06 03:24:17 PM
While these classes may be interesting as seminars it's ridiculous that they're for college freaking credit.
 
2013-02-06 03:40:46 PM
The University of Kentucky offers a class in the history of UK basketball.
 
2013-02-06 03:41:50 PM
underwater basket weaving actually involves making baskets by dipping reeds into water and letting them soak

Oh... oh god.
 
2013-02-06 04:15:36 PM

nekom: The only one even remotely interesting is the one about the consequences of garbage.  The rest of them are just clownshiat.


Ever had real maple syrup that you've harvesting and cooked down yourself?
 
2013-02-06 04:15:45 PM
Well at least we can confirm that philosophy majors really have been wasting their time.
 
2013-02-06 04:16:15 PM
sulco:  Ever had real maple syrup that you've harvesting and cooked down yourself?

I think I need to retake the grammar class.
 
2013-02-06 04:18:41 PM
Courses are not one of the major reasons I'd like to go back to college.   Being surrounded by beautiful coeds and actually having 15 more years experience in the real world would make it oh so easy.
 
2013-02-06 04:20:10 PM
I once attended a theological seminar on The Life of Brian.
 
2013-02-06 04:20:17 PM
I used Starcraft for an operations mgmt course, specifically the mining aspect.  It was pretty fun for displaying rudimentary capacity and resource problems.
 
2013-02-06 04:20:34 PM
No class makes me want to return to college.

The ample supply of attractive women with loose morals and drinking problems and the easy access to premium green take care of that.
 
2013-02-06 04:22:17 PM
Back when I was in college, you could take month-long classes between semesters. They were generally the younger professors' only chance to use their imaginations in course creation. It tended that the more "fru-fru" the class, the more work was actually involved. The course description might make it seem like you're watching a movie every day in class, but it didn't mention that you had to write a paper about each movie.

One class I didn't take, but wish I had, was on the Geography of Food. Why places have different food cultures, that sort of thing. Of course, maybe if I had taken the class I wouldn't be so interested in it today.
 
2013-02-06 04:23:59 PM
Professor Jacqueline Johnson's course Fat Studies at George Washington University is just one of many that are popping up on college campuses across the nation. The class teaches students to think of body size critically and politically, and it aims to promote weight awareness and acceptance among people of all shapes and sizes.

We had a mandatory Active Lifestyles class.  Class part taught ^this.  The lab part was basically gym class for college kids.

/easy A though
 
2013-02-06 04:24:17 PM

give me doughnuts: The University of Kentucky offers a class in the history of UK basketball.


The only reason to go to UK is for the women, the school is focused on research, not teaching.
 
2013-02-06 04:24:31 PM
Maple Syrup: The Real Thing
Vermont kids get that before 1st grade.
 
2013-02-06 04:25:34 PM
Underwater basket weaving
Yeah, that's been around since the fraking 60s.
And you know who took it?
Trustafarians, and nothing has changed on the stoner front.
 
2013-02-06 04:26:44 PM
Lady gaga has 300 cds? WTF?
 
2013-02-06 04:27:10 PM
Fat studies
Just shut up and take their money.
That's too obvious.
Easy as picking up the chicks with issues streaming out of Psyche 101
 
2013-02-06 04:27:12 PM
I know every generation says it, but Generation Y is going to be the United States downfall.
 
2013-02-06 04:27:17 PM
The Popular Logic one (or whatever it's called) seems legitimately academic.
 
2013-02-06 04:28:18 PM
Six of those courses are available at colleges in California. I'm not sure why I noticed that.
 
2013-02-06 04:28:35 PM
The other ones are media studies, and if you need to take a course and pay money to figure out that shiait is shait and crap is crap, and how to polish it up and serve it, then you deserve every ditch digging job you wind up with.
 
2013-02-06 04:29:03 PM
15 college courses that will make you want to go back to school colleges more money

FTFY subby
 
2013-02-06 04:29:47 PM

give me doughnuts: The University of Kentucky offers a class in the history of UK basketball.


Because the jocks need history credits.
 
2013-02-06 04:30:15 PM

Begoggle: 15 college courses that will make you want to go back to school colleges more money

FTFY subby


^^^^THIS^^^^
 
2013-02-06 04:30:20 PM
Is this what film studies survey courses have come to?
 
2013-02-06 04:30:21 PM
I would take the Harry Potter class in an instant.
 
2013-02-06 04:30:26 PM

spanarkelspinner: Six of those courses are available at colleges in California. I'm not sure why I noticed that.


not a medical card carrier for the weed, are you?
 
2013-02-06 04:30:31 PM
And California wonders why the rest of the country doesn't take them seriously. Oh, yeah, Portlandia seems more like a documentary now.
 
2013-02-06 04:32:34 PM
Back when I was first pursuing my first graduate degree I took an undergraduate course just for fun: Philosophy and Rock Music. The major thing that I learned from that class was that I was one of those freaks that actually bothered to listen to the lyrics of the song. I was floored by how many of the students in that class had not idea what the lyrics to their favorite song were actually about. I still recall how this group of go-eds almost went into a riot when they actually bothered to listen to Van Halen's "Black and Blue". Although, maybe that was just for show after being found out.
 
2013-02-06 04:32:41 PM

vudukungfu: give me doughnuts: The University of Kentucky offers a class in the history of UK basketball.

Because the jocks need history credits.


for what?  UK basketball players are only there for 2 semesters.
 
2013-02-06 04:34:57 PM
I took History of Rock I & II as a prerequisite to History of the Beatles.

History of Frank Zappa was also offered when I was there.
 
2013-02-06 04:35:06 PM

thorthor: Lady gaga has 300 cds? WTF?


Yeah, I was equally surprised at how much total crap Phish was able to put on CDs.
I should probably enroll in the Phish as a Counter Culture course.
I'd have to bootleg the text books, of course.
 
2013-02-06 04:35:10 PM

sulco: Ever had real maple syrup that you've harvesting and cooked down yourself?


Ever learned to speak the English language?
 
2013-02-06 04:35:33 PM
In other news, college professors offer amusing seminar courses to introduce subject matter in a topical and offbeat way.
 
2013-02-06 04:35:55 PM

sulco: I think I need to retake the grammar class.


I think I need to read two posts further down the page before snarking.
 
2013-02-06 04:36:01 PM
I'm disappointed that UCSB's surfing class wasn't on there.  And Cal Poly's bowling class.

I wonder if that Popular 'Logic' on TV Judge Shows class examines why Judge Judy is such a c00nt.
 
2013-02-06 04:36:21 PM
I took an English course - third year, at that - on the works of Carlos Castaneda.

We spent a grand total of about three hours actually discussing the works of Castaneda. We only covered the three "Yaqui" books, at that.

The entire rest of the course featured the class sitting in the room with the teacher and talking about whatever we felt like. Some times, he played guitar. There were no tests.

/got an A, along with everyone else who bothered to show up
//the rest? B.
///Yes, including the guy who basically dropped out in October and left town
 
2013-02-06 04:37:19 PM
My Favorite 3 classes my last semester at Purdue:

Bugs: Friend or Foe (Entomology)
Human Sexuality (we watched porn) (Psychology)
Wine Appreciation (we drank in class) (RHIT)

That was how you finish strong (also took Intro to acting that semester)
 
2013-02-06 04:37:21 PM

Krieghund: Back when I was in college, you could take month-long classes between semesters. They were generally the younger professors' only chance to use their imaginations in course creation. It tended that the more "fru-fru" the class, the more work was actually involved. The course description might make it seem like you're watching a movie every day in class, but it didn't mention that you had to write a paper about each movie.

One class I didn't take, but wish I had, was on the Geography of Food. Why places have different food cultures, that sort of thing. Of course, maybe if I had taken the class I wouldn't be so interested in it today.


I took Wilderness Living Techniques.  I expected to learn how to identify edible plants, find which way is north by making a compass out of a needle, start a fire from scratch, but it was pretty lame.   We just goofed off in class all semester and then went camping one night, and got really wasted in the woods.  Which isn't awful, but I still don't know if I should eated the purple berry or not.
 
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