Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The creeping problem of ISWNOCHFS

Found on Twitter earlier today:

Oh, please. Get over yourself. This is a prime example of what I call the If Something's Wrong No One Can Have Fun Syndrome (ISWNOCHFS). You see this kind of thing pretty regularly. Like "There are babies starving and you're still watching Toddlers and Tiaras" or "How can Adam Sandler keep making movies when the world is like this?" Actually that last one is kinda true and I do wish Adam Sandler would stop making movies.

BUT ANYWAY. Point being that this scold above would have you be ashamed for watching Jersey Shore (as long as you're in the "western world," apparently. If you're in Japan or Soouth Africa, enjoy Jersey Shore at your leisure! You're fine!) because there are Problems in the World and watching Jersey Shore doesn't help.

Let's take a look at some different possible outcomes:

Millions watch Jersey Shore ----------> Syria nightmare
No one watches Jersey Shore ---------> Syria nightmare

Millions watch Jersey Shore ----------> Economy in shambles

You and your stupid brother
watch Jersey Shore; no one
else watches Jersey Shore ------------> Economy in shambles

Your cat and Eric Cantor
watch Jersey Shore while
eating In N Out burgers --------------> Economy in shambles; cat and Eric Cantor happy

You see? The number of people and/or animals and/or members of Congress who watch or don't watch Jersey Shore has exactly zero impact on whether or not the World's Crises are ameliorated in any way. The real point of this kind of faux-shaming technique is to say "Look at me! I'm so superior that I would never deign to watch that crap, especially when there are World Crises for me to be Very Upset about! Shame on you for pursuing such a lowbrow entertainment whilst I monitor the BBC feed 24/7!"

THIS IS NOT TO SAY, of course, that we shouldn't all be appropriately concerned about riots in London and the DJIA falling 600 points and starvation in Somalia. OF COURSE you should care about those things. But watching Jersey Shore isn't really going to affect them one way or another. So don't be ashamed. Well, you should be a little ashamed, but just because you're watching Jersey Shore in the fourth season. It all went downhill after Season 1. Duh.


GG said...

Don't you know, educated people who care about world events DON'T EVEN OWN A TV.

BTW, do you watch Toddlers & Tiaras? I'm addicted to it. It's exactly like that movie Best in Show, which was hilarious, except in real life. I just watched one the other day where Crazy Stage Mom is obviously crazy throughout the show, but it's the type of crazy that is typical for the program, and then at the very end she explains that part of why she puts her daughter in pageants is to help her build confidence because she wants her "to be able to walk up to anyone on the street and tell them about Christ." BOOM.

TK said...

I think I saw about 10 minutes of Toddlers & Tiaras and just couldn't do it. I imagine the Crazy Stage Mom type is universal on that show.

sfmike said...

Double duh.

.tupouleota. said...

God forbid I get struck down by lightening for turning the channel on all the violence and suffering on the news. Let me watch my fist pumping Jersey guido's in peace.

thesoniashow said...

Well, people should be ashamed of themselves for watching "Jersey Shore" or "The Real Housewives of Anything." BUT, I can understand why they watch it. After hearing about all the bad things that are happening all around the world, we need something mindless to watch for a little while. [switches on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" marathon]

Tamagosan said...

This is exactly why I prefer to read to become educated about the world around me. US Weekly breaks it down about the important stuff, like how much per episode the Jersey Shore people are making! Hint: It's more than you and most people you know, per year.

GG & TK: So that Toddlers & Tiaras thing is for real? How is it not the creepiest thing evar?