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Glenn Beck...University?

AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
edited July 2010 in Debate and/or Discourse
No, it's not April 1st. You just wish it was.
Conservative Fox News television host, author, and radio host Glenn Beck has started a university.

Sort of.

According to an announcement on Beck's Web site, "Beck University is a unique academic experience bringing together experts in the fields of religion, American history and economics." In July, August and September, interested parties can participate in "captivating lectures and interactive online discussions" in which "experts will explore the concepts of Faith, Hope and Charity and show you how they influence America's past, her present and most importantly her future."

If there's anyone uniquely unqualified to run any sort of educational forum, it's Beck. TPM sums it up better than I could ever hope to. And Mother Jones snarks on the curriculum:
  • Theories of Self and Other in the Autobiography of Ronald Reagan
  • Semiotics of Tricornered Hats
  • Mythology 101: Fossils
  • Presidential History From Harding to Coolidge
  • Oath Keeping
  • Semester Abroad in Kenya with Visiting Professor Dr. Jerome Corsi
  • Physics of AM Radio Waves
  • Fundamentals of Spelling and Grammar CANCELED
  • Great Military Heroes: John Wayne
  • Intro to Theology: Ayn Rand
  • Advanced Marketing Seminar: Rare Gold Coins
  • Drama 101: Intro to Alternative Lifestyles
  • Psych 301: Paranoia as Therapeutic Alternative
  • Wilde, Proust, and Other Homosexual Europeans
  • Middle Eastern and Arab Cultures: What's Up With That?
  • Literary Masters Colloquium: Cleon Skousen
  • Motherhood, Hockey, Hunting: Cultural Convergences
  • Studies in Moral Courage: Joe McCarthy
  • Counterinsurgency Techniques in Morning Radio
  • Phenomenological Epistemology and the Speeches of Barry Goldwater
  • Hermeneutics and Homosociality in The Overton Window
  • Political Science 300: Reverse Racism and the Modern Presidency
  • Colloquium on Great Filmmakers: Mel Gibson
  • Gym Crow
  • Underwater Conspiracy Weaving

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    never dienever die Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Wait...what!?

    Whose doing the speaking? Any known people yet?

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    HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration Thread Centrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Influence on the past eh?

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    AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    never die wrote: »
    Wait...what!?

    Whose doing the speaking? Any known people yet?

    Yup. Two are traditional academics, Louisiana State University professor James R. Stoner, Jr. and former Columbia Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology and Education David L. Buckner.

    The third, however...

    Well, see for yourself.

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    kildykildy Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Does this mean I can call his listeners elitists now that they're going to university?

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    UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    This is awesome

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    Element BrianElement Brian Peanut Butter Shill Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
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    HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration Thread Centrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    I'm interested in Studies in Moral Courage: Joe McCarthy, myself!
    Edit -
    I know this is a joke.

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    nescientistnescientist Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Henroid wrote: »
    I'm interested in Studies in Moral Courage: Joe McCarthy, myself!
    Edit -
    I know this is a joke.

    Oh good, you would approve of the school board of the State of Texas' proposed changes to the history curricula in that state. Right up your alley.
    I really, really wish this were a joke. It's not. Worst of all, this is likely to have an effect on textbooks, spreading the consequences beyond the Lone Star State.

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    PicardathonPicardathon Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    It can't be worse than Bob Jones University. It just can't.

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    AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    It can't be worse than Bob Jones University. It just can't.

    So, now that you've given fate the double bird salute, what are you going to do for an encore?

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    silence1186silence1186 Character shields down! As a wingmanRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Is Glenn Beck trolling academia with those class titles?

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    PicardathonPicardathon Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    It can't be worse than Bob Jones University. It just can't.

    So, now that you've given fate the double bird salute, what are you going to do for an encore?

    Defecating on Oral Roberts' grave would be a good start, considering that I'm pretty sure he invented the unaccredited university.

    Beck University seems to be a wingnut forum, a slightly more mainstream stormfront. Bob Jones Unviersity, Oral Roberts University and their ilk perpetuate a fundamentalist underclass. I'll bet $50 that there's no way that this'll be that bad.

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    FallingmanFallingman Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    America. I love you.

    But in all seriousness, Higher Education is a lucrative business. Like gold.

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    King RiptorKing Riptor Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    If ever there was a time to pray for a gas leak. . .

    Seriously at this point it's not funnny anymore the man is delusional

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    rndmherorndmhero Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    What I don't even

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    CoinageCoinage Heaviside LayerRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Is Glenn Beck trolling academia with those class titles?
    Angel may not have made it entirely clear: those titles are jokes by the magazine Mother Jones.

    Eh, this is just another way for Glenn Beck to funnel money towards himself, which I'm sure he needs since his ratings are plummeting, it probably won't be a big deal.

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    nescientistnescientist Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Coinage wrote: »
    his ratings are plummeting

    Best news I've heard in ages, anyone have a link citing the precise damage? Is this something that everyone else already knows, but I haven't figured out yet because I've been too busy trying to pretend Beck doesn't exist?

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    taoist drunktaoist drunk Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Is this really an institute of higher education, or is this just a $10/month subscription service for lectures? Because looking at both the CBS piece and Beck's website, it doesn't look like there is any coursework beyond possibly reading and listening to lectures. And it's obviously not accredited. This makes perfect sense given the popularity of free online courses from top universities. People from all over the political spectrum sign up for those, so Beck figured he could make some easy money catering to people who are very conservative. Makes good business sense and doesn't seem any more pernicious than anything else he does.

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    HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration Thread Centrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Henroid wrote: »
    I'm interested in Studies in Moral Courage: Joe McCarthy, myself!
    Edit -
    I know this is a joke.

    Oh good, you would approve of the school board of the State of Texas' proposed changes to the history curricula in that state. Right up your alley.
    I really, really wish this were a joke. It's not. Worst of all, this is likely to have an effect on textbooks, spreading the consequences beyond the Lone Star State.

    I've had threads on it. We know, and it is disgusting.

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    HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration Thread Centrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Coinage wrote: »
    Is Glenn Beck trolling academia with those class titles?
    Angel may not have made it entirely clear: those titles are jokes by the magazine Mother Jones.

    Eh, this is just another way for Glenn Beck to funnel money towards himself, which I'm sure he needs since his ratings are plummeting, it probably won't be a big deal.

    Are the titles of the classes jokes but the topics real?

    Also, his ratings are plummeting? Fuck yes.

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    Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
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    GoodOmensGoodOmens Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Dammit, my high school didn't offer AP Hope or AP Faith. I'm going to get stuck in some suck-ass Gen Ed classes while Joe Hopeman from East Charitytown High is going to be able to start in Faith 202!

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    ElitistbElitistb Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Shouldn't the thread title be Glenn Beck ... "University"? Sorta like how it should be legally required to always say Fox "News".

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    AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    I should start watching Beck, because the Colbert Report is getting kinda old.

    The two are both comedians, right?

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    ronyaronya Arrrrrf. the ivory tower's basementRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    This doesn't sound like "university" as much as "really, really expensive podcasts by any right-wing professors that Beck can scrape together".

    I wonder how long it'll be before someone sues to have his "certification" recognized.

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    wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    ronya wrote: »
    This doesn't sound like "university" as much as "really, really expensive podcasts by any right-wing professors that Beck can scrape together".

    I wonder how long it'll be before someone sues to have his "certification" recognized.

    Well we certainly know that anyone who takes this shit seriously is certifiable...

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    DeebaserDeebaser on my way to work in a suit and a tie Ahhhh...come on fucking guyRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    There is going to be at least one asshole that enrolls his child into this university and says "Good enough".

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    ForarForar #432 Toronto, Ontario, CanadaRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Aldo wrote: »
    I should start watching Beck, because the Colbert Report is getting kinda old.

    The two are both comedians, right?

    Basically.

    The main difference is that Colbert's audience is (on average) more likely to be aware that what he's saying is a joke.

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    HozHoz Cool Cat Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Coinage wrote: »
    his ratings are plummeting

    Best news I've heard in ages, anyone have a link citing the precise damage? Is this something that everyone else already knows, but I haven't figured out yet because I've been too busy trying to pretend Beck doesn't exist?
    His ratings could decline by 50% and he would still beat his nearest cable news competitor in his timeslot by a healthy margin.

    He's always going to be way more popular than he should be.

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    SmurphSmurph Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Anyone who actually pays money for this thing deserves exactly what they get.

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    wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Smurph wrote: »
    Anyone who actually pays money for this thing deserves exactly what they get.

    Validation of their idiotic worldview by conservative "intellectuals"?

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    nstfnstf __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2010
    wwtMask wrote: »
    Smurph wrote: »
    Anyone who actually pays money for this thing deserves exactly what they get.

    Validation of their idiotic worldview by conservative "intellectuals"?

    Funny how you put that into quotes. Conservative intellectuals do exist, but you aren't going to find any of them in this mess.

    In the end this will be a mess, I'd say it will implode pretty quickly. The whakos on the right already drowned out the more reasonable voices, this is just another nail i n the coffin that will cause some hilarious infighting.

    /me gets popcorn.

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    wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    nstf wrote: »
    wwtMask wrote: »
    Smurph wrote: »
    Anyone who actually pays money for this thing deserves exactly what they get.

    Validation of their idiotic worldview by conservative "intellectuals"?

    Funny how you put that into quotes. Conservative intellectuals do exist, but you aren't going to find any of them in this mess.

    That's the reason I put the word into quotes. Finding conservative intellectuals is kinda like finding black people in Russia. You know they exist, and you might even see one every now and then, but expecting them to show up and make an impact isn't realistic.

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    Edith_Bagot-DixEdith_Bagot-Dix Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Finally, a place where I can complete my BA in Herp and minor in Derp.

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    ronyaronya Arrrrrf. the ivory tower's basementRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    The right is going through a period of ideological cleansing far more aggressive than what the left is putting itself through, anyway, so I expect any intellectuals that remain are also remaining careful about what they say. Now is an especially bad time for them to deviate from the party line.

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    DeebaserDeebaser on my way to work in a suit and a tie Ahhhh...come on fucking guyRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    ronya wrote: »
    The right is going through a period of ideological cleansing far more aggressive than what the left is putting itself through, anyway, so I expect any intellectuals that remain are also remaining careful about what they say. Now is an especially bad time for them to deviate from the party line.

    This is a very polite way of saying "The crazies have taken over and the people with any modicum of intellectual heft on the right are fucking terrified of them"

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    ronyaronya Arrrrrf. the ivory tower's basementRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    There's already been mass disownings of right-to-center institutions like CATO, The Economist, etc. And of course people like David Frum and Bruce Bartlett and Julian Sanchez.

    So, yeah, the crazies have taken over.

    e: anyone remember the Frum vs. Goldberg bloggingheads? In the immediate wake of Frum's expulsion? Goldberg was practically squirming when pushed on the usual crazy points of "Is Obama a socialist?" "The most socialist Presidency? More socialist than Nixon?" etc.

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    devCharlesdevCharles Gainesville, FLRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    ronya wrote: »
    There's already been mass disownings of right-to-center institutions like CATO, The Economist, etc. And of course people like David Frum and Bruce Bartlett and Julian Sanchez.

    I rarely see Republicans or Fox News people ever bringing up The Economist. Maybe I don't watch enough, but that's probably for the best. I have seen CATO institute people on cable news, and there are a number of highly educated economists at CATO, but generally their information is extrapolated to bizarre conclusions by people like Glenn Beck (global conspiracies and what not.) It's kind of what he's known for.
    This doesn't sound like "university" as much as "really, really expensive podcasts by any right-wing professors that Beck can scrape together".

    I imagine this is pretty much it. It just seems like an extra feature on his website.


    As for ratings, this guy from the Huffington Post in late May says they're about the same as last year. He said there was a boost during the winter and a decline back to where it was last year. It's apparently three times larger than his next competitor though.

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    FireflashFireflash Montreal, QCRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Mythology 101: Fossils

    Damn I thought those were real!

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    GungHoGungHo Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    They were put there as a test.

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