Someone on Twitter said this to me today:
— KevinLin (@KevinLindsay) March 13, 2017
It’s a link to this video:
I have exactly NO IDEA what is happening in that video but it is fascinating.
For-profit DeVry University had a basketball team. And…some things happened?
The intersection of sports and legitimacy in higher education comes up in Lower Ed. Mostly, I use similarly to how Mitchell Stevens uses it in “Creating A Class”, i.e. to demonstrate how cultural industries shape prestige and legitimacy in higher education. And, I have talked here before about how sports team branding is part of the bag of tricks the really well-funded for-profit colleges use to lay legitimate claim to being a “real college”. I hope some sociology of sports person runs with this stuff one day. In the meantime, just enjoy the beautiful disaster that is this video.