This Actually Happened: Academics Convene Conference On “Jersey Shore” Studies

Jessica Wakeman / October 31, 2011

It turns out that watching “Jersey Shore” is not the most brilliant way to waste one’s time — attending a conference on “Jersey Shore” Studies is. On Friday, UChicago hosted a conference on Jersey Shore Studies, where roughly 25 academics from the U.S. and Canada name-dropped Snooki and The Situation alongside Foucault and Marx. One paper examined the performance of being a “guido” or “guidette” as being similar to the performance of drag; another examined whether the show is an embarrassment to Italian-American culture. These crazy academics even coined a new term to explain all things DTL: “guidosexuality.” Way to take something fun and ruin it with overanalysis, smartypants! You don’t have to justify loving the trashiest show on television with “academic studies.” It’s OK to just, know you, enjoy sh**ty TV. [NY Times]

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