This week in class we discussed the television program 'Jersey Shore' and the way it represents Italian-Americans, and in many cases, our generation of Americans in general. I think for those of us in college, we were old enough to be able to differentiate between seeing the value in the show as a spectacle and the value in appreciating these individuals, but this is not always the case. I distinctly recall visiting my high school after this show got popular and seeing high school kids idolizing these characters as if they were the type of person someone should try to be. One of my neighbors bragged about how many times he went to the tanning salon per week. He eventually had to go and have early signs of skin cancer removed. I think we need to reevaluate the way we portray these individuals to younger audiences. The content should be seen as a spectacle that is ridiculous and not something that one should strive for, but as something that is on television because it is so far from the norm. Young teens are always going to watch what the eighteen to twenty four year old demographic is watching, it's natural that they want to be like those more independent but still young. We just need to make sure they understand that the people on Jersey Shore, for example, don't lead healthy, enviable lives. There will be consequences for their actions and they need to prepare for the future if they want to end up living a successful life.
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