And here is yet another intersting internet based story.Â Itâ€™s a dream-come-true for web addicts: you can now earn a college credit for watching YouTube.Â 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 â€œunderwhelmedâ€ by the content on YouTube but set up the course, â€œLearning from YouTube,â€ 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.Â Â She hopes the course will raise serious issues about YouTube, such as the role of â€œcorporate-sponsored democratic media expression.â€Â Â YouTube is â€œa phenomenon that should be studied,â€ student Darren Grose said. â€œYou can learn a lot about American culture and just Internet culture in general.â€Â I gotta get me one of those weird and strange degrees.