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Things that make you go hmmm….


I’m seriously hoping this is a Photoshop.


Though with the OWS crowd, it’s freakin’ believable.

H/T Tom Graffagnino in email.

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  • Sure, we’ll take over your student loan…..

  • It’s a photo shop.
    Compare like letters.

    • I dunno.  Considering the state of higher education and their ability as degree mills…it’s plausible.

      • jim_m

        Fake but accurate!

        Nice to see that coming back to bite the left.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t worry, Barry’s working on it..

  • Anonymous

    Either photoshop or troll

    • Anonymous

      The photoshop picture + Rick trolling it = bank propaganda

      • jim_m

        Photoshop picture + “Fake but Accurate” = Karma payback for the left.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t know Jim. That hair, that nose, that forehead… where was Michelle Malkin when this picture was taken? That sign is definitely worthy of Michelle.

  • Anonymous

    Photoshop or not, I think it’s funnier than hell because there are students out there with essentially worthless degrees – and wondering why they can’t get a job.

  • retired.military

    10. David Beckham studies – Staffordshire University, UK
    9. Parapsychology – various colleges
    8. Doctorate of Philosophy in Ufology – Melbourne University
    7. The Phallus – Occidental College,
    6. Surfing Studies – Plymouth / Melbourne
    5. Philosophy – various colleges
    4. Queer Musicology – UCLA
    3. Star Trek – Georgetown University in Washington
    2. Golf Management – University of
    Birmingham / Florida Gulf Coast Universit
    y2. Golf Management – University of
    Birmingham / Florida Gulf Coast University

    1. Art History – various colleges

    The Science of Harry Potter – Frostburg

    Notable others
    Music Therapy
    English Lit
    Art History
    Fine Arts
    Notice that most of these are the feel good type stuff that Nancy Pelosi thinks it should be okay for people to not to have to work so they can indulge in their passions for a few years (while living off the taxpayer’s dime).

    • For what it’s worth, a major in religion is quite suitable for someone who is planning on attending a seminary after graduating from college.

    • retired,

      You have a problem with my BS in English Literature?

    • herddog505

      It gets back to what the university is FOR.  Is it essentially a “trade school” to teach people very specific skills intended for a job in a particular industry, or is it intended to provide a liberal education (in the classic sense) intended to suit the recipient for a variety of roles in society?  As I understand it, the idea of getting a degree in a particular subject area is of fairly recent vintage; to the extent students a couple of centuries ago specialized, it was due to the choice of school they attended or the professors who mentored them.

      We’ve made a fetish of getting a college degree; going to college after high school is becoming almost as routine as routine as getting a drivers license at age sixteen.  Part of the consequence is that one MUST have a college degree to get even a menial job; I know of places where a bachelor’s degree is required for a receptionist position.

      • jim_m

        Degrees are specialized today because we have eliminated the concept of apprenticeship from our society.  You cannot be an engineer through apprenticeship.  The skills and knowledge that we once communicated through apprenticeship we now teach in the university.  Sure there is much to learn once you get out but the basics are taught. 

        But there is truth in saying that we use the BA as a surrogate for basic competancy where we shouldn’t be.  There are plenty of jobs that we are now requiring college degrees where they are entirely unnecessary.  Likewise there are a lot of jobs where companies are requiring MBA’s where there are people who are better qualified with experience that could do the job.

    • Anonymous

      Is college a vocational school?  Or is it there for an education?  

      Some of these degrees seem ridiculous, but it seems to me that a degree in, say Star Trek or Queer Musicology is merely a hyperspecialization of such existing fields of study as literature, pop culture, history, and so forth. As it is, a person who gets a Ph.D. in, say, European art history, typically specializes in a particular period, art form, or region — typically some combination of the three.  

      And a degree in Golf Management clearly doesn’t suit one for a career as a rocket scientist, but I would argue it’s a perfectly legitimate management specialty if you plan to live in an area that has a heavy tourism industry.  

      Now, as to the other degrees you dismiss so readily … 

      All of them are either arts fields or liberal-arts fields.  If you study dance, music, photography, or theater in college, you’re likely getting an education in skills very integral to their fields.   Darkroom skills.  Digital photo toning.  Principals of lighting.  Brushstrokes.  And what do these folks do outside of class?  They perform.  Take pictures.  Paint paintings.  Put on plays.  

      By the time an arts major finishes his undergraduate, he’s spent four years honing his skills and has gotten some sense of whether he’s going to be a truly great artist or merely one of the faceless many.  And if he’s really been working, that arts student is likely already a fixture in his local arts community.  

      Does arts pay a lot?  No.  But even an artist with mediocre talent can earn a living.  If you don’t believe me, go check the salaries for commercial illustrators sometime.  They make solid money.  

      Now, somebody who has no talent and majors in photography?  I have no respect for that person.  But if a musician graduates college as a workman-quality violinist, and then goes to work at a music store during the day while working with others to line up gigs in a string quartet … I’ve got a lot of respect.  Quite frankly, that person works a hell of a lot harder than I do for quite a bit less money.  

      So don’t dismiss those degrees automatically.  In my experience, the substance of the degree matters less than the character and talent of the person who earns it.  

      • Anonymous

        And for the record (as I’ve noted elsewhere on Wizbang), I have a family member who majored in theater … and is now quite successful in a related industry.  I graduated with a communications degree, and I had a decent career in journalism before I went back to school.  So don’t count out the “soft” disciplines quite so readily.  

        • When I looked at going to college – I couldn’t figure what I’d really go for.  Computer Science?  Didn’t have the math background to do that – though my day to day work was computer repair.  I knew enough about electronics to know it didn’t interest me enough to take out loans to work on a degree, couldn’t program worth beans (some folks can, some folks can’t – I can do simple batch files but give me a faceful of Fortran and I’m lost) – so in the end… no degree.  Got about 3 courses in a local community college, but again – there wasn’t anything I was really interested in going for.  (Maybe history – but… why?  It’d just have been curiosity on my part.)

          Not everyone’s suited for it – not everyone should be shoved into it.  Sadly, as others have pointed out, a bachelors’ degree is about the equivalent of a HS diploma 40 years back or so.  It supposedly indicates basic competency… we’ll see where things stand in another 40 years.

          • Anonymous

            And there, JLaw, is the issue.  Not that people are getting a degree in arts, history, or whatnot … but that some of these folks shouldn’t be in college … but they go because the job market at large demands it.

        • The trick is to not expect your dream job to be handed to you, or assume it’s owed to you.

      • herddog505

        You raise good points, but I suggest that the real key is NOT that colleges offer a degree in this or that, but rather that some people, through a combination of basic aptitude and willingness to work, would be good in those fields without racking up thousands in student loan debt.  I also suggest that, worse, those courses are not offered so much for the relative handful of people who really, truly want to become artists or actors or painters, but rather for the hoardes of aimless high school grads who MUST go to college, have no idea what they want to study, but need a nice, easy curriculum so that they can get a sheepskin after four to six years of drinking, partying, and f*cking off.

        jim_mDegrees are specialized today because we have eliminated the concept of apprenticeship from our society.

        And that’s really too bad, because I think that the apprenticeship is a perfectly valid way to transmit professional knowledge, costs a good but less than a college degree, and would help weed out the less-motivated.  My wife is a lawyer; in ages past, one apprenticed (clerked) to learn the ropes of this profession.  Now, of course, one goes to law school… and horribly into debt.  Would it not be better for the budding lawyer to get hired at a law firm as a runner or legal assistant, determine that this is what he REALLY wants to do, and through a combination of mentoring and self-study, qualify for the bar?

        My own chemical company is a subsidiary of a German firm.  Most of my German chemist colleagues are NOT university graduates, but rather came into the company through what amounts to a co-op program run between the company and the trade school in Germany.  It seems to work, though I confess that the Germans do not have the broad-based chemical education that I and my university-graduate American colleagues have.

        • Anonymous

          To an extent, Herd.

          But aptitude and ability in any field — including the arts — need to be supplemented with actual knowledge. An aspiring photographer, for example, might be great at sensing where a good picture lies, but he also needs to learn the use of, if not the actual physics behind, F-stops, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. And it’s not ridiculous for this student to have an entire class devoted just to lighting. Not only will he learn about light and shadow, but he will also be given field assignments involving light and shadow, and he will have studio assignments related to light and shadow, and his professor and fellow students will help him better his work by criticizing it honestly.

          And that photography teacher should be compensated for his time. (And compensated well, I might add, if he’s truly a master photographer). If an arts student doesn’t have money, he’s going to have to finance that education.

          To the rest of your post, you do make a good point, but again to an extent. I would argue that it’s perfectly legitimate for a liberal-arts school to require a student to take some courses outside his major. Even if you’re pursuing an accounting degree, it doesn’t hurt you to take a few courses in history, philosophy, or the arts. And it might help you discover an interest you didn’t know you had.

          But to open artistic majors to students who have no artistic potential …
          well, that’s just a waste of time. It wastes the students’ time and the
          professors’ time.

        • Anonymous

          Another thought, herddog. We do have apprenticeships still. They’re called internships. But in some respects, the internship system serves as a barrier to letting new people into professions.

          Take Hollywood for example. There, most internships are essentially full-time jobs, but they’re also unpaid. Meaning that if you’re going to take an internship, you need to either a) hold another job simultaneously or b) already be wealthy. The problem with option a is that if you’re already working a full-time internship, doing another job at night is going to completely destroy your ability to work and learn. And option b … well, that’s a good way to make sure that only rich people enter your profession.

          Something’s royally messed up about that.

          I’m somewhat proud of the fact that through undergrad and law school, I did a series of internships and clerkships … but i was paid at every single one of them.

        • “You raise good points, but I suggest that the real key is NOT that colleges offer a degree in this or that…”

          No, actually it is. There are degrees like the one (probably photoshopped) in here. They are political indoctrination courses rather than any form of real study, which teach the *opposite* of critical thinking. Staying in a degree program like that says a lot about judgment and character, and ALL of it is really bad. If you get a degree in any of those disciplines, then as far as I’m concerned your only value is as a political apparatchik/stukatch.

          That isn’t a person any good company should want to hire.

          It isn’t even a person any reasonable government should want to hire (they are, in fact, more dangerous in that capacity), except that “reasonable government” is like “jumbo shrimp.”

          Most people intuitively get this, which is why they think the notional sign above actually represents justice, instead of injustice.

  • Anonymous

    I think I may know another reason why they can’t find work – particularly if they’re looking for a federal job …

  • At least she’s protesting with people she’ll be able to understand.

  • jim_m

    Congrats to Rick for making The Best of the Web today with this post.

    Blogger Rick Rice has a photo of an Occupy protester who–assuming this isn’t a Photoshop job–seems to get the idea. Her sign reads: “$96,000 for a BA in Hispanic transgender gay & lesbian studies and I can’t find work!” She should’ve majored in something more practical, like feminist basket weaving.

  • J

    It is a photoshop, but that doesn’t at all mean that it’s not funny or poignant, because it’s both–to the nines.

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