...about whether Wisconsin Sociology takes seriously its position as the #1 karaoke department in the country, consider the set of announcements for tonight's last-karaoke-of-the-summer excursion provided here--to our knowledge, the only sociologist-weblog that is all karaoke, all the time.
I have had inquiries to whether "The Robot," "The Breadmaker," "The Gecko," and "The Manversation" are all really audience-requested and performer-performed dances at the Karaoke Kid. They are.* If you have QuickTime, you can see one of the countless versions of "The Robot" being performed by an unnamed sociology graduate student at the end of this dark, grainy, and jumpy clip. This clip, incidentally, is presently the only known motion-picture footage of Wisconsin Sociology karaoke, which does not provide a particularly flattering portrait of our collective endeavor since whoever the guy is doing most of the "singing"--was he even with our group? did he just wander up there on stage and we were too polite to stop him?--seems not just to have enthusiasm running well beyond his musical talents but looks also like he may well be quite seriously unhinged.
* Rumors that they are also the titles of forthcoming John Grisham novels are, to the best of my knowledge, unfounded.