Originally Posted by dopey
Academic Cultural Studies is, generally, a joke. Not because of the subject matter but because it tends to attract stupid, lazy people and because they are generally judged and celebrated by their peers, other stupid lazy people. But that doesn't mean there is no good work being done. It is just that there is more crap in it than a lot of other fields. And when you throw in the fact that many schools have them in response to noisy student demands and demonstrations, you understand that their value to the institution is that the departments exist so that the students will shut up, not that the department or the faculty be any good.
But if we are posting favorites in cultural studies, here is mine. Really excellent:: William Urrichio and Roberta Pearson (Ed.), The Many Faces of the Batman: Critical Approaches to a Superhero and His Media (New York: Routledge, Chapman and Hall, 1991)
Unfortunately, I can't find a link to it anywhere.
Buffyology is its own field and I wouldn't assume all of it is crap though most of it certainly is.
Being uncertain as to what field you're using as a base of comparison I can’t really positively agree with your assessment; Universities are hotbeds of moron-activity (Pol Pot was on to something) which means that, providing a somewhat equal distribution -possibly our point of contention-, they’re numerous in cultural studies. Conservatives usually have a strong bias against the field, which is absurd cause libertarians are terminal nerds who jerk off to tv series heroines and dream they’re Batman (the ultimate libertarian icon who turns policing into a private charity activity). I guess people like David Brooks would think they’re pointless since all you need to understand society is the dad-wisdom of David Brooks.
The stupidest university educated people I have met have been MDs but they're more like technicians (not a problem) who sometimes pretend to be academics (usually a problem for 95% of them). This shit is, of course, purely anecdotal.
Note: cultural studies covers various topics, not just pop songs and tv series, are you dissing the whole field or just the “pop” parts?
Ps: I can defend that stuff but I’d rather join ISIS than do that shit day in, day out.