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A course on the success of Lady Gaga taught at a U.S. university

by Julia
November 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm

A course that analyzes Lady Gaga’s success has been launched at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, informs nytimes.com.

Although the name Joanne Stefani Germanotta Angelina is not yet famous, the university in the U.S. state of South Carolina suggests a sociology course on the huge success enjoyed by this person to its students, starting next spring,.

Apparently, one way to become famous is to change your name. Joanne Germanotta Stefani Angelina is known worldwide as Lady Gaga.

What factors have contributed to the huge popularity enjoyed by this American artist, 24 years old, considered today a truly global phenomenon? This question intrigued and inspired Mathieu Deflem, professor of sociology at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, who decided to teach his students a course titled “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame.

The American teacher plans to identify, with the help of this course, the factors that make a person become famous and to establish from a scientific point of view what celebrity means in today’s society. “The Central Objective is to unravel some of the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady Gaga.” the American teacher said.

Deflate Mathieu stated that he felt intrigued by the American artist when he saw her for the first time on television, in January 2009, when Lady Gaga was invited on ‘The Tonight Show”. He then wanted to see the artist “in the flesh” and went to a concert that Lady Gaga held in the city of Atlanta. Mathieu Deflem then set up a site dedicated to the artist – www.gagafrontrow.net – where the singer’s fans can download photos and rare footage of the artist.

Deflem, who has met Lady Gaga five times, wanted to clarify that he cannot contact the singer.

“Do not contact me about how to meet Lady Gaga. I don’t know. I met her during meet and greets that were organized at the concerts (during the Fame Ball tour and the early Monster Ball tour), and once, per chance, at an airport. I am not in touch with her nor with her management.)”

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