Jersey Shore

It pained me to even type that blog post title.

I admit at the outset I have never – ever – seen even one moment of Jersey Shore. So I confess that my opinion of the show is probably grossly misinformed. Regardless, I think I have some idea of the subject matter of the program. And its apparent popularity makes it unnecessary to provide a summary. However, Owen Strachan was able to find a Lesson in Faith from Jersey Shore. The following really grabbed my attention:

GTL stands for for “gym, tan, laundry,” the absolutely essential daily tasks in the eyes of certain cast members. Struggling to figure out what to do with the day? Perform your GTL, and you’re good to go. Ordinary citizens could be forgiven for wondering why people flock to watch other sentient beings lift weights and use coin-operated laundry facilities. But the prospect of observing Jersey Shore cast members carry out GTL is apparently too exciting to resist for many 18- to 35-year-olds. Why read Ovid’s Metamorphoses when you could watch a New Jersey natives wash their socks? Why serve your community when the possibility of observing a female slugfest awaits? These and other questions currently drive the young American psyche and almost singlehandedly consign us to civilizational decline.

The last few statements only fuel my presuppositions about the show. Nevertheless, Strachan points out the formative power of regular disciplines demonstrated by the “GTL” and offers an alternative.


One thought on “Jersey Shore

  1. What a great point. Amazing how you make time for the things you *want* to do at the expense of the things you *should* do. I had never thought about the effects of these shows [aside from their being stupid] — as far as how they may influence younger generations and convince them that trivialities should become priorities. Yet, if I’m honest, how often does dusting and surfing the internet interfere with my own? Something to ponder today. Thanks, Aaron.

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