course
W3270 Sociology of Mass Media and Pop Culture

Jan 2000

She has her ups and downs, but for the most part its easy to stay awake during her class. Bender is young and can connect well with the students, bringing in her own personal experiences and outside case studies to liven up material. One of the better lectures I've taken. Workload: easy - the readings are interesting (some are even taken out of popular magazines), though sometimes dated. weekly memo, one paper and midterm/final required.

Jan 2000

Taking this class is like trying to decode theoretical concepts being explained by the MicroMachine Man. It's extremely difficult to keep up with lectures, PACKED SOLID with 15-letter words, and notes end up looking like a jumble of words you've never seen before. The material is very interesting but is analyzed theoretically which can be frustrating. Olick is a brilliant, insightful professor and his ability to relate HUGE concepts from memory in a matter of seconds is impressive, but bring a tape recorder, or something...

Jan 2000

This course was a big waste of time. While some of the readings are interesting, the lectures mainly consisted of laundry lists of pretentious academic terminology. Olick himself runs the gamut from charismatic to downright arrogant. While he is a very very smart man, Olick should realize that he is not in fact the center of the universe. What made this course unbearable, however, was it's utter self-evidence. Any reasonably creative person who hasn't recently suffered from major head trauma could simply think for him/herself about the effects and implications of mass media and popular culture in lieu of taking this poor excuse for a class and save both time and sanity. If you have any intellectual self-respect, do yourself a favor and stay far away.