I got my Ph.D. at Columbia University. I thought it was a lunatic asylum then.
Over the weekend I received this. It’s intended as a fundraising letter, if you can believe it.
Headline: You make innovative research possible, Dr. Woods!
Here’s the “innovative research”:
“My upbringing in Long Island, in a mostly white community, created a sheltered vision of what hip-hop culture is. As I entered college, I was suddenly confronted with my own identity, driving me to learn more about issues of race, class, and gender within the culture that has taught me so much.
“At the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, my research could transcend traditional academic boundaries. My master’s was in American Studies, and my coursework spanned many departments as I examined the hip-hop cipher, or freestyle rap circle, as a means to communicate the values of the hip-hop community: education, politics, social norms, and ambitions.”
That was Ediz Ozelkan, Class of 2017 convocation speaker.
So you left graduate school an expert on “hip-hop culture”?
Ain’t nobody got time for that.
And of course, if you’re looking to support yourself in reasonable comfort, I wouldn’t recommend that.
Meanwhile, tons of people with no college degree at all, much less a doctorate, have figured out: if I pick a good niche and really learn my audience, I can absolutely clean up online.
Mark Ling, a successful online businessman for 18 years, knows how to do this. I’ve been learning from him myself for nearly two years.
He’s doing a free, private demonstration for my readers. And for every person who attends, $5 will be donated to Antiwar.com.
So grab your seat:
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