We watched the Academy Awards last night, as we do every year, but I read this morning that the ratings were the lowest they’ve been in years. Maybe the nine movies nominated for best picture weren’t blockbusters. Or maybe viewers didn’t care about Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet and watched something else instead. Or maybe we’re just tired of award shows.
My mother watched these shows all the time. My dad used to joke that, if the local supermarket was giving out awards and it was being broadcast on the local TV station, she’d be tuned in from start to finish. She loved award shows! And gossip magazines!
Remember gossip magazines like Photoplay? Gossip columns written by Rona Barrett and Earl Wilson? My mother devoured the anonymous tips, political agendas, raging lawyers, outrageous sex stories published at “Page Six,” the New York Post gossip column Rupert Murdoch ordered up in 1977.
Now, you can get gossip 24/7/365, even if you’re not looking for it. Are we better off? We can easily find out what Beyonce had for breakfast or what Leonardo DiCaprio is doing on his vacation, but do we really care? Should we care?
Gossip is idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others; the act is also known as dishing or tattling. Gossip has been researched in terms of its evolutionary psychology origins.
Of course, gossip isn’t limited to celebrities. We all deal with office gossip and I often think of this quote: “Who gossips to you will gossip of you.” So true. I worked at an office for many years where a staff member would share “news” of a coworker and I’d listen and nod my head. Sometimes I knew the story she was telling, and sometimes I didn’t. Most of the time, I didn’t care. But I knew that this staff member was then telling others about my “news.” I learned to not share too much news after that.
I don’t share of my personal stuff. Those who need to know, already know. And the others? They can get their gossip from others on Facebook. However, I’m still up for some celebrity gossip every now and then. Tom Hanks did what?
Gossip dies when it hits a wise person’s ear.