Jersey Shore and the Ashes of our Childhood Memories

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Jersey Shore and the Ashes of our Childhood Memories

Illustration: Palak Bansal

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ne of the great pleasures of being alive, one of the true reasons we walk the Earth, is to witness other people fuck up. Especially when they’re drunk. It’s always a sight to behold, going in directions our minds and wallets can neither predict nor understand. Perhaps we’re not even meant to understand them, for we just exist to be witnesses to such fuckups, and remember them when we’re old and grey.

In 2009, MTV decided to monetise drunk behaviour, by adding a dash of sexual tension and a whorl of Italian swagger. It brought Jersey Shore into our homes. The show was hypnotic from the onset, placing six tanned and ripped American-Italian men and women in a house near clubs. What ensued, was madness.

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