Editorial

Is it higher education?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

University of Missouri Assistant Professor Melissa Click received widespread criticism after she was videotaped calling for "muscle" to expel a journalist covering a protest on public space at the university. She has subsequently apologized.

Ironically, Click has a Ph.D. in communications, apparently an accomplishment that can be attained without a fundamental understanding of the first amendment.

So what does this accomplished scholar do with her communications doctorate?

According to the University of Missouri website:

"Dr. Melissa A. Click earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research interests center on popular culture texts and audiences, particularly texts and audiences disdained in mainstream culture. Her work in this area is guided by audience studies, theories of gender and sexuality, and media literacy. Current research projects involve 50 Shades of Grey readers, the impact of social media in fans' relationship with Lady Gaga, masculinity and male fans, messages about class and food in reality television programming, and messages about work in children's television programs."

It seems that Click follows whatever pop culture trivia that strikes her fancy. We could be wrong. Perhaps we are too simple-minded in our outlook to understand the significant contribution Click makes to humanity's knowledge about critical subject matter.

But we don't think so.