And people say Jersey Shore is of no value to the world. MTV's smash-hit may be the butt of many jokes, but it's also sparked the interest of the more academically minded.
Last year, the University of Chicago — one of the top academic institutions in the country — hosted a conference where the best and the brightest dissected the reality phenomena from the point of view of sociology and cultural studies. And it didn't end there.
Recently, a fan tweeted this picture at Vinny, saying "Lmao! You know ur successful when your chapter 1 of a sociology textbook." Vinny retweeted, saying, "This is kind of Amazing."
Yes, Vinny. Yes it is.
This pic of the cast appears to accompany a chapter called "Sociology and the Real World." Could that be a reference to MTV's original hit reality show, The Real World? Maybe it's a chapter about the sociology of reality TV. Or maybe the point is that you can use apply sociology to anything.