Internet Famous Class About “Art, Science of Getting Hits”

Internet Famous Class is a social media wunderkind of a course at Parsons New School for Design in New York City that is gaining national attention for its focus on helping students create highly contagious media projects.

More specifically, as one of the instructors tells his students, “This class is all about the art and science of getting hits, getting eyeballs, extracting stuff out of the attention economy- views, comments, blog links . . . followers, MySpace friends.”

Internet Famous is also apparently the “first algorithmically graded class in the history of academics,” using a crazy-cool Web program to monitor online hits, friends, linking, and comment totals (and even quality!) on a number of different platforms (from Twitter to YouTube to Digg) to determine a final Famous grade. Interesting stuff! (Now my hope is that instructors also play at least a small part in grading and consider the quality of a student’s project along with its popularity.)

Video below is a recent Current TV report about the class.

Internet Famous Class

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