Alston's views are pretty negative to the Jersey Shore. Most of his points I do agree with. For most people the show is stupid and represents poor taste. The show also has negative connotations towards Italian Americans and Jersey Shore probably shows negative stereotypes internationally. With all of these negative views, shouldn't there be just a few positive aspects of the show? I guess my view would be that one person's "trash" entertainment might be another person's love. Everyone has their own opinion on entertainment and that's what makes America great. We live a country where even bad taste has a voice. I really could care less what other countries think about America. There are already so many negative things that one more show isn't really going to hurt anything. Sometimes I think other countries are jealous because there aren't obscure minority that have a voice. In many situations the majority is what is seen and in a case like the Jersey Shore, the minority has a big spotlight. I really don't believe that there is anything America can do for other countries to change their viewpoints. My sister's German exchange student had many stereotypes. She thought I was going to be a violent person because of my love for sports. In her part of Germany, most people believed that anyone that like sports like football, were automatically violent. So in the end I think it is very hard for Americans to change the viewpoints of people internationally. The Jersey Shore might be distasteful and terrible television, don't watch it. Some people enjoy it and maybe the show helps those people escape reality and get through their lives. Everyone is different and that makes America strong.