Earn a Degree on YouTube!

And here is yet another intersting internet based story.  It’s a dream-come-true for web addicts: you can now earn a college credit for watching YouTube.  Pitzer College began offering what may be the first course about the video-sharing site this fall . About 35 students meet in a classroom but work mostly online, where they view YouTube content and post their comments.

Class lessons also are posted and students are encouraged to post videos. One class member, for instance, posted a 1:36-minute video of himself juggling. Alexandra Juhasz, a media studies professor at the liberal arts college, said she was “underwhelmed” by the content on YouTube but set up the course, “Learning from YouTube,” to explore the role of the popular site.

Class members control most of the class content and YouTube watchers from around the world are encouraged to comment, Juhasz said.   She hopes the course will raise serious issues about YouTube, such as the role of “corporate-sponsored democratic media expression.”   YouTube is “a phenomenon that should be studied,” student Darren Grose said. “You can learn a lot about American culture and just Internet culture in general.”  I gotta get me one of those weird and strange degrees.

Weird News Shorts for this Week

Here is some really strange – odd – weird news shorts from around the world.

-A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of having posted a video of himself on YouTube driving at speeds of more than 140 mph.

Real estate billionaire Leona Helmsley left $12 million in her will for her dog Trouble but cut out two of her four grandchildren entirely.  I love that one.

-China’s Shaolin Temple, the cradle of Chinese kung fu, is demanding an apology from an Internet user who said its monks had once been beaten in unarmed combat by a Japanese ninja, Chinese media reported.

-Hungry visitors to next summer’s Beijing Olympics won’t have to choose between “steamed crap” and “virgin chicken” if Chinese authorities succeed in ridding restaurant menus of mangled English translations.

Working there is Enough

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Here is a bit of weird news involving WalMart.  Judge Kenneth Robertson of Attalla, Ala. recently ordered two convicted shoplifters a bit of a embarassing sentence.  They are to stand outside of the WalMart store they stole from with signs reading “I am a thief, I stole from Wal-Mart.”

In a strange decision WalMart is arguing that this type of sentence is not good for business and if they really want to embarass these criminals they should just have them work as WalMart greeters.