TV Standards 2202: Shondaland

In today’s lecture, we discuss the reigning Queen of Television, Shonda Rhimes. We examine her childhood, badass moves, and insane character and plot choices on her many iconic series.

We also take an extended look as to why Derek Shepherd is the worst.

Find your reading list here.

Encyclopedia Britannicney: It’s Britney, Bitch – Part Two

STUDENTS! We’re back with Part Two of Encyclopedia Britannicney’s “It’s Britney, Bitch” edition, covering the BLACKOUT era of Britney’s career. Once again, we are joined by special guest professor Jordan Miller of BreatheHeavy.com, and visiting professor Sal.

As in last lecture, you can find a full timeline of this era here (we know it gets complex), and your Part Two reading list is available here.

**Please excuse sound wonkiness at the end, as well as professor Maddie saying “exactly” 1,000,000,000 times.

Encyclopedia Britannicney: It’s Britney, Bitch – Part One

Attention, students! It’s not often we have a Nobel Laureate* in our midst!

In today’s ultimate edition of Encyclopedia Britannicney, It’s Britney, Bitch,”, the professors sit down with Jordan Miller to discuss the era surrounding Blackout. Jordan founded Britney’s largest fan site, BreatheHeavy.com, when he was 15 years old. BreatheHeavy.com ushered many young stans (your professors included) through the most tumultuous period in modern pop culture history.

We spend time talking to Jordan about the formation and growth of BreatheHeavy.com, all while he was still a teenager. We ask him about the times he has been in Godney’s presence, and die.

We then launch into 2006 and 2007. We cover Britney and Kevin’s divorce, and Britney’s unraveling thereafter. We address the absolute paparazzi frenzy that ensued in this period, including coverage of her infamous night club appearances with Paris and Lindsay, as well as the unparalleled paparazzi moment of the decade: when Britney shaved her head.

Part Two of “It’s Britney, Bitch” will be posted soon. To see a full timeline of this period, go here. And to read your sources, find your bibliography here.

*Jordan Miller is not a Nobel Laureate… yet.

Encyclopedia Britannicney: It’s Getting Chaotic

Hello students! As you are undoubtedly aware, Encyclopedia Britannicney takes a full year to cover. Your second semester will be more challenging than the first. Take notes as we celebrate the complex life of our president this President’s Day: Ms. Britney Jean Spears.

In “It’s Getting Chaotic,” we cover the end of Britney’s Onyx Hotel Tour, the introduction of K-Fed/ PopoZão, their marriage and divorce, and the birth of their two precious boys, Sean Preston and Jayden.

For more on this era, we encourage students to listen (or re-listen) to Pop U’s first episode, “Rogue Britney: A Popstar Story.” In that episode, we cover Britney’s lost album, Original Doll.

Be sure to listen closely to both before we launch into our biggest edition yet: “It’s Britney, Bitch,” which features a VERY special visiting professor.

You can find your reading list here.

Encyclopedia Britannicney: It’s Dangerous, She’s Falling – Part Two

The professors are back with Part Two of the “It’s Dangerous, She’s Falling” edition of Encyclopedia Britannicney. In this episode, they delve in to the acoustically-delicious In the Zone album, as well as the affiliated shenanigans surrounding its release and supporting tour.

Focuses include why Moby is canceled, how Rihanna’s navy stacks up against Britney’s army, Vegas weddings, and the significance of the 2004 Britknee injury.

Please find your reading list here.

PS- 2018 has brought us many gifts, including upgraded recording equipment and more episodes. Next on the roster: an in-depth look at Tyra Banks and America’s Next Top Model. 

Encyclopedia Britannicney: Get Nasty, Part Two

In Part Two of the “Get Nasty” edition of Encyclopedia Britannicney, we cover Britney’s self-titled album (the one that’s not Britney Jean), the Dream Within A Dream Tour, Crossroads, and Justney’s demise. Special guest professor Vince Rossi joins us. Also, justice for Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey.

You can find your reading list here.

Encyclopedia Britannicney: A Star Is Born, Part Two

In Part Two of “A Star Is Born,” we focus on Britney’s rise to superstardom, as well as her apparent clairvoyant skills, the many obnoxious interviews she was forced to sit through, and the fact that Beyoncé once opened for her (yes, that Beyoncé).

Please find your reading list for here.

PS- Pop U is happy to announce our first interactive event: The Justice For Blackout Pro-Britney March. It will be held on October 25 at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For more details, see our event on Facebook.

Encyclopedia Britannicney: A Star Is Born, Part One

In 1999 and 2000, Britney Spears went from being a little-known cootie patootie to the most influential pop star in the world. Her rise was rapid, and her promotional opps were plentiful. In today’s edition of Encyclopedia Britannicney, professors Hannah and Maddie are joined by visiting lecturer Marcus, who has seen Britney 40 – we repeat, 40 – times in concert.

Part One of A Star Is Born focuses on the Baby One More Time album and affiliated tour. Find your reading list here: Reading List

Encyclopedia Britannicney: Pre-Fame, Part Two

When class last left off, we were discussing Britney’s past with the girl band Innosense. In today’s lecture, we will continue to examine Britney’s early years, and will focus on her first single, tour, and album. Really: when. will. your. faves.

We are again joined by guest lecturer Sal, and have a VERY special introduction from a VERY special guest.

Encyclopedia Britannicney: Pre-Fame, Part One

On December 2, 1981, Godney was born in McComb, Mississippi. In addition to singing, dancing, and eating crawfish, little Britney Jean Spears was forging her path to the highest reaches of fame. With special visiting Professor Sal, Professors Lazer and Rowston explore Britney’s early years. This is part one of a two-part episode, and a never-ending series (#dealwithit, Falkor).

Your reading list is located here: Reading List

Conspiracy Theories 1101: Larry Stylinson & The Teen Choice Awards

The past few days have been an absolute whirlwind for your esteemed professors. Not only did they get credited by the likes of Breatheheavy, US Weekly and Bustle, but they also got discredited by ET. Just remember, students, the public scoffed at Galileo once.

In today’s lecture, the professors guide you through their experience at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards. While no one showed up, the professors (who are also spies) used their unique skill set to wander backstage and onto the red carpet. They report back on their findings.

Next, they examine the most important conspiracy theory of this decade thus far: the existence of Larry Stylinson.

Please find your reading list here.

Britmergency: JUSTNEY, PART TWO

We’re breaking some news from Timbaland himself regarding our favorite former pop couple – Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. This episode is presented in unofficial partnership with Unsolved Mysteries. #justney

Comparative Socialite Studies: La Lohan and The Genius of Madness

Students, take your seats! This lecture’s going to be a doozy, as the time has come for us to study the one socialite to rule them all: Lindsay effing Lohan. La Lohan proved to be funner, crazier, and red hair-ier than the rest, giving her a special place in 2000s history and beyond. From Olympic-medalling sexual escapades to political aspirations, and a complex code-based language employed in her social media posts, Lindsay definitely knows more than you think.

We also discuss pressing matters such as James Franco’s pretension, 2005’s VMAs, and why Kanye West should deliver his State of the Union using the staging set-up from the Life of Pablo tour.

Find your reading list here: Lindsay Lohan Bibliography

Sabbatical Check-In: A Pop University Minisode

Your professors are busy traveling through Europe, but pop culture stops for no one! We break down several major events from the past few weeks while preparing you for our next lecture in Socialite Studies.

Comparative Socialite Studies: Paris Hilton and the Dawn of a New Era

Welcome to your new course: Comparative Socialite Studies (Pop Culture – 2101). In today’s lecture, we cover Ms. Paris Hilton, the original celebutante! We examine her meteoric rise to fame, her alarming malice, and the genius that created an empire.

We also explore why Katy Perry is a Debbie, how insane it would be to bone the lead singer of Sum 41, and why we’re better than Brittany Furlan.

You’re reading list for this week is below, students!

Reading List: Paris Hilton, Comparative Socialite Studies

Rogue Britney: A Popstar Story

An extended study of Britney Spears: 2004-2007

After an appalling Lifetime Movie, professors Lazer and Rowston set the record straight. We cover less-studied biographical elements of Ms. Spears, such as her lost album, her lost musical, and her forgotten blogs. We also get into weird things that happened this week, and a glorious blind item.