Jersey Shore Goes To College: Can You Tell Which Titles Are False?
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Snooki got the fancy education treatment last week when the University of Chicago, one of the nation’s most intellectual and elite schools, hosted a day long conference on “Jersey Shore Studies.”
The program of speakers and panels showed a pretty stunning range of topics. Thinkers from many universities and publications obviously see in the fights and drunken celebration of Jersey Shore some very advanced ideas about how housemate and housemate, men and women, working class and not, celebrity and normal person (and somewhere inbetween), and stereotype and reality all get along together. Especially with regards to French cultural theorist Michel Foucault (but I think people drop his name because it sounds smart).
The conference could be seen as a chance for very smart people to overanalyze very stupid television. Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club (who also appeared on a panel at the event) wrote, “At the end of the Jersey Shore Academic Conference, the question wasn’t, “Are we thinking about Jersey Shore too much?” It was, “Dude, are we thinking about Jersey Shore enough?”‘
The titles of some of the speeches given at the conference are hilarious, both in how seriously they take Jersey Shore, and how they sometimes wink at the absurdity of writing about Jersey Shore. Test you JS intuition below, and see if you can tell which titles from the conference are real, and which I made up. Scroll to the bottom for the answers.
a. Foucault’s Going to the Jersey Shore, Bitch!
b. Power of the Poof: Jersey Shore and its Effects on the Beauty Industry
c. Guidos of the Shore, Unite!: Jersey Shore‘s Contract Dispute
d. GTL (Gym, Tan, Labor): Reproducing Labor-Power On The Shore
e. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Attitudes Towards Men’s Health and Fitness
g. SHOTS! An Analysis of Italian, American, and Italian-American Beverage Consumption in Jersey Shore
*ANSWERS ARE ON THE NEXT PAGE!*
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