The University of Oklahoma has taken the asp to the breast of its' "History" Department.
For credit paying college students will be empowered to watch History Channel for credit hours, for a fee of course.
On Tuesday, the History Channel announced a partnership with the University of Oklahoma that allows for the first ever TV network-branded online college course for credit.
"I think it's a great way of combining the talents of the History Channel... with the intellectual rigors of a college class," said University of Oklahoma professor Steve Gillon, who will teach the class.
"United States, 1865 to the Present" will be a 16 week interactive 3 credit online course that will include all the standards of your regular collegiate history class (quizzes, lectures, etc.) along with supplemental material from the History Channel.
Gillon, who also works with the History Channel as Scholar-in-Residence, explained that students will be able to do work while also delving into the archives of the channel.
For example, two weeks of the course focus on the 1960's, so students will able to do readings on John F. Kennedy alongside watching clips from his 1963 assassination.
"Television networks have the thing we don't have in the academy, which are the images," Gillon said. "As professors, it's really hard for us to do these things because there's all these rights issues."
The course will cost students $500 which Gillon says is cheaper than even some community college courses.
Enrollment for the class opened up on Tuesday and it will be in session starting next semester.
Gillon thinks the interactive course will be beneficial to today's college students, who are more likely getting their information on visual platforms.
As for future classes focused on some of the History Channel's other subjects like Bigfoot, Gillon laughs saying "god, I hope not."
Larry Dunkle lurks to decieve the youth hoping to "educate" them before the reality can be conveyed.
GSMack and Steve Gillon as handmaidens to Bullshit.
I only have one question: What happened to peer review? I was taught that peer review is exactly how one can separate the bullshit manufactured history from the truth.
As in the case of the USS Maine, Wm R. Hearst manufactured a sabotage explosion accepted for decades as reality, but then Adm. Rickover found by examination of the wreck that a coal bunker explosion of no enemies cause destroyed the ship.
Remember the Maine indeed, but also remember the deception taught for generations now known to be Bullshit.
Yes Charlie whatever these liars are being paid it is too much and sadly too effective sometimes.
Maybe one of those rights Mr. Gillon spoke of is the right not to pay to be bullshitted by any Professor.
I can hope this effort fails to find traction with the students.
Maybe I am judging "history channel" before-the-fact? Nah, I judge by past conduct.