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The Dirty Situation

MTV's Jersey Shore is an unnatural disaster destroying everything in its wake. But why is it so captivating? Elle Scoots aims to find out.

In Defense of “NYC Prep”

nyc_prep.jpgIn last week's Sunday Styles section of the New York Times, a column ran about the new Bravo reality series "NYC Prep" which follows the exploits of a group of five kids who attend posh Manhattan private schools (and one who attends Stuyvesant, the city's most selective public school).  The column's main point is that the parents of students like the ones depicted on the show and the administrators of the schools that they go to do not like the show or the image of students attending prep schools in New York City that it creates.  Parents, administrators and other prep students are quoted in the article, mostly under the cover of "fear of blow-back" anonymity, making the claim that the kids on the show are an aberration, that their very conspicuous consumption of alcohol, clothing and drama are atypical amongst their peers.  There is a problem, though.  While the article is correct in its assessment of the show as entertainment, for it truly is awful, it has missed the boat on its adherence to reality.  Which is to say, the show is about as horrid as it is true; in its depiction of Upper East Side-dwelling über-rich kids, it is totally and completely accurate.

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