The impact of social networking sites such as MySpace, FaceBook and YouTube on the present generation’s lives needs no explaining. They have profoundly defined the way we choose to communicate and whom we share our lives with. So it is not surprising to see that YouTube is making its entry as a college course in the Fall 2007 semester.
The College course on YouTube is being called “Learning From YouTube” and is being taught at Pitzer College at Claremont, California. The instructor is Ms.Alexandra Juhasz, a professor of media studies. If you think that this course would be an easy A with cool college credits, think again. Ms. Juhasz says that the course will involve more than students just gawking at viral videos. The course will probe some significant issues such as the implications of “corporate sponsored democratic media expression”.
The 35 something Pitzer College students will be meeting in class but mostly online where they will be studying the impact of the corporate videos.
One of the students, Darren Grose, says YouTube is “a phenomenon that should be studied…You can learn a lot about American culture and just Internet culture in general.”
They will also be viewing other viral content on YouTube and posting their comments. Class lessons will also be posted online similar to something like the video below, where people from all over the world are encouraged to post their comments.