Three Seasons In, What Do We Think of MTV's Jersey Shore Now?

What effects locally have you seen?

The high tide (or is it low?) of MTV's Jersey Shore, the third season, is going on now. Filmed over last summer in Seaside Heights and now airing , who among us doesn't know what the show is all about and have a strong opinion of it.

But today we are not asking you to review the show and wax philosophical the quality of television programming, per se.

Instead our Question of the Day asks you to point out your opinion on how this show has shaped us locally. What are you seeing happen to our area as a result of this show, now that we are three seasons into it?

Maybe you were heartbroken to see the cast go somewhere, knowing now that the place would be mobbed by the show's fans.

Maybe you are glad to see the area get any attention, and noticed a strong surge of tourists this summer and are hoping for more of the same this year.

Where do you stand?

R. Mc March 04, 2011 at 08:36 PM
Only a handful of the bars would allow the cameras in. They had to get permission before they could go anywhere.
want2say March 04, 2011 at 08:36 PM
@MIC -- i am afraid that bunch of cads and hos would just ruin anyplace they go. leave all the good places for the locals. at least we know the one place they go to strut is BAD karma and we can stay away from it!
Diane Clayton March 04, 2011 at 08:57 PM
I would love to see some hard numbers that either prove or disprove an increase of tourism dollars to Seaside since the show began running.
MIC March 04, 2011 at 09:12 PM
My main point is that we as locals have a much better time with what we got then just the big name places in seaside. Its also hard to beleive that any bar in the hieghts would not want free advetizing on that show. Im not for the show beacuse its misrepresented starting witht he name, it should be call BENNIES (BNENY" or "BENNY" for the towns of Bayonne, Elizabeth, Newark, and New York). I think that as long as the benefit to the city is greater then the risk they will allow it. Im sure you if looked at the money trends from 2005 -2010 on tickets, parking meters, civil penalites, rental houses , small store income, large store income, board walk income, and beach badges you would a rise over the last 2 years. It certainly isnt pushing away more people , like seaside park is. They are slowly killing that town, itll be a private communtiy soon.
walter March 05, 2011 at 03:20 AM
I agree totally with Billabong in that everywhere I go, I have to defend the area I grew up in. No one wants to hear about the beautiful bay, the sugar sand beaches, fresh caught fish, handsome old houses, the nice families who have lived here for generations, etc. The global assumption NOW is that we are all noisy ill educated Italians from north Jersey. The show does have appeal, as you'll find if you actually watch it consistently; it has almost the same flavor as the old kids' shows from the 50s and 60s - oddly enough. As for increased revenue, very likely that's true for area businesses, but residents of Seaside Heights are not seeing any improvements on the municipal level due to the show. Sorry for lengthy comments.


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