Though I have tried, I have failed to understand what is so appealing and fascinating about recent television shows. Topping my list of confusion is “Jersey Shore.”
I can understand why some of the pass times of the people on this show are relatable to college students: incessant partying, random hook-ups, obsession with self-reflection — the list goes on,. But I can’t help but wonder how a lifestyle like that can be completely fulfilling or even realistic.
In fact, not much of reality TV these days is actually reality. Though we may be having fun partying it up in college, there is also a very important component to these forming years — a transition into the world of adulthood filled with responsibility and large doses of reality.
It seems that shows like “Jersey Shore” constantly display unhealthy and immature behaviors by individuals around college age, including emotional instability, lack of regard for others and a complete ignorance of responsibility.
I recall seeing part of an episode in which “Jersey Shore’s” beloved Snookie goes to work drunk, continues to drink beer during her shift, all the while giving her boss attitude about the fact that she has to be working that day. In the real world, such behavior would not fly in the competitive job market.
This reality television show is constantly displaying unhealthy relationship models, such as poor communication, physical and verbal aggression and immaturity. From what I’ve observed of the light-switch off and on relationship between Sam and Ronnie, I can’t understand how this sort of discourse between two people is anything but depressing.
Though slews of this show type are flooding the tube, I mention “Jersey Shore” primarily because too many people my own age idolize these characters. They dress up as them for costume events, throw “Jersey Shore”-themed parties and use the slang terms adopted from the show as natural vernacular.
After watching bits here and there of this reality show, I still don’t understand the fascination.
The people on the show are exactly the kind of people I purposefully avoid paying attention to because I realize the eccentric and exhibitionist behavior they display is only purposed for drawing attention and shocking viewers. Trying to emulate and apply such a lifestyle in the real world just wouldn’t work.
Finally, my biggest issue with the show and almost all other popular shows of today is the overall lack of intellect in the characters that are viewed as role models by some.
As college students, we are paying big bucks to expand our intellectual horizons and perceptions of the world. It seems that most of the people on TV are severely lacking in these departments.
I believe everyone is entitled to their own interests and opinions regarding what they choose to watch on television.
And although I don’t hold any judgment against anyone who enjoys watching “Jersey Shore.” All I want to know is, why?