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Kitsch Caught on YouTube

Does Paul Spears irrationally hate decorative plates? Does John Mark Reynolds irrationally love them? Is kitsch more than just tacky? Can value be found in bad culture? In a time when even the most candid moments can end up on YouTube, can professors afford to be silly around their students?

Join the aforementioned professors and Matt Jenson, all of the Torrey Honors Institute, as they delve into these and more questions. Such fine distinctions as “campy” vs. “kitschy” are discussed, and the Middlebrow podcast begins to sound suspiciously highbrow. Grab your monocle, put on your patent leather shoes, and break out the fancy cheese with these connoisseurs of culture!

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