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That’s Your College Course: Duke’s O.C. College Course

By Kelly Conaboy / November 8, 2012 - 4:30 pm

“I’m so psyched I got into this course! Honestly, I don’t really need to take it, I don’t need the credits or anything, but it’s like — I feel like it’s kind of like a once in a lifetime opportunity. You take all these classes in college and it’s like, blah blah blah, whatever whatever, and at the end of the day you’re like, I know I learned something? I do know that. But what did I learn in reference to my own life? You know, I’m sure a lot of people are going to take the fact that we’re going to be looking at the hyper-self-awareness of today’s society in terms of The O.C. and Laguna Beach and Gossip Girl as some kind of a joke, but that’s just because they aren’t really thinking about it. How else would we study the hyper-self-awareness of today’s society? By reading Proust? No. Proust had no idea about how one blog could put all your friends’ lives in such a total shit storm, or how Death Cab for Cutie could go completely mainstream basically out of nowhere. It’s not going to be a throwaway class. It’s just not. I am going to WORK.” – You (Click through for full-size syllabus.) (Via WarmingGlow.)