What is the academic value of Jersey Shore’s Snooki? I’ll let my readers decide. But consider this.
According to NJ.com, Rutgers University paid $32,000 for this reality TV performer for a question and answer session with students. Academic value? Questionable indeed.
In contrast, Nobel Prize winner in Literature Toni Morrison will be receiving $30,000 for a Commencement speech at the same institution.
What are the implications for the relative value of entertainment and bone fide education in our society?
This is not an April fool’s joke.