What we can all learn from season 4 of 'Jersey Shore'
Now that MTV has taken the brave step of sending the delicate flowers of "Jersey Shore" (airs Thurs. at 10 p.m.) to bloom anew in Italy, I'm thinking it might be time to reassess this show. As easy as it is to dismiss it as simple-minded, possibly offensive fluff, the season four debut lured in 8.8 million viewers, the best ever for an MTV series. Surely so many people can't be wrong? Perhaps critics like myself have been too quick to judge Snooki and her friends, looking askance at such mind-expanding activities as smushing, gym, laundry and tan. But as these noble adventurers expanded their horizons on a new continent, might all of us be inspired to learn from their journey? After watching the first episode and previews of those to follow, it seems "Jersey Shore" is rich with guidelines for our lives. To wit: