4mln people watched 1st season and more than 8,5mln spectators when 2nd season was emitted. New MTV’s reality show is certainly one of the least worth watching programmes, but viewing ratings are impressing. That’s why Jersey Shore phenomenon is so astonishing.
American reality show, very popular American reality show. I could say too popular. Why so many people are watching it? This program carry no educational premises, unless being unbridled is a part of education.
The main idea of the program was to show how 8 guidos (American Italians) spend their vacations in Seaside Heights. They work in the T-shirt shop and spend every night in clubs (we can read that at MTVs website). ‘Nothing special’ I thought but switched on TV. After five minutes I was ready to throw out my flat screen. It’s ridiculous that people are buying product like this one. Media are promoting muscular, good looking guys who are lookin’ for one-night date and girls who’s best friend is solarium & their life motto is ‘you must look good or you’re nobody’.
In Jersey Shore we’ve got more brilliant, almost educational, life instructions like: ‘muscles + gel + solarium = sex’ , the real party boy must pick up all the prettiest girls only for having fun with them or “It doesn’t matter if he has a girlfriend. If you want him, go and take him”.
Jersey Shore became a cultural phenomen. In regard of its controversial form, people want to watch it over and over again. Why? Because it’s so stupid and naive we actually have fun watching Snookie and her friends. We laugh at them, their stupidity, look and no-life opportunities. Fascinating is that MTV shows us that it’s nothing bad being like these characters and we start accepting people like them. We start being like them. Whole society is growing stupid and for them there is no problem.