If you’re lucky enough to still be banging around the halls of higher education, your grades are likely being posted somewhere on the internet this week, calling for another half-dozen shots of Jameson to go with your depression-inducing groans or your sighs of damn-I-just-squeaked-by relief. But for the 15 students in Jamie Wilkinson‘s Internet Famous class at Parsons, the effect on their GPA, if any, was rather anti-climactic. They could have found out their grade at any time during the semester–with a simple Google search.
Don’t believe us? Check out their assignments along with the digital masterpieces they turned in which are posted among the popular memes they played upon (not surprisingly, feces, urine, boobies, and other things which cannot be posted on our PG-13 blog all figure prominently). And as if it wasn’t fun enough spending a semester trying to become a star by taking cues from ytmnd.com and Ze Frank, a nice article in Time last week boosted their collective web celebrity significantly. Oh, sorry, “famo”:
“Actually, we don’t call it being online famous; we call it ‘famo,’” says Wilkinson, who conceived the “Internet Famous” course along with friends and semi-famo digital artists James Powderly and Evan Roth. The trio came up with the idea after realizing that their online strategies for distributing and promoting their own art would one day become essential tools for emerging 21st century artists trying to break through the static.
And the essential tools for the 21st century almost certainly include feces, urine, boobies, and other things which cannot be posted on our PG-13 blog, which makes the last-day-of-class screening of Trapped in the Closet pretty much perfect.