Dish: How Gossip Became the News and the News Became Just Another Showby Jeannette Walls
Gossip. It's more than just hearsay. society columns, and supermarket tabloids. It has, like it or not, become a mainstay of American pop culture. In Dish, industry insider Jeannette Walls gives this provocative subject its due, offering a comprehensive, serious exploration of gossip and its social, historical, and political significance. Examining/b>/b>… See more details below
Gossip. It's more than just hearsay. society columns, and supermarket tabloids. It has, like it or not, become a mainstay of American pop culture. In Dish, industry insider Jeannette Walls gives this provocative subject its due, offering a comprehensive, serious exploration of gossip and its social, historical, and political significance. Examining the topic from the inside out, Walls looks at the players; the origins of gossip, from birth of People magazine to the death of Lady Di; and how technology including the Internet will continue to change the face gossip. As compelling and seductive as its subject matter, Dish brilliantly reveals the fascinating inner workings of a phenomenon that is definitely here to stay.
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Before Jeannette Walls, no one in the mainstream media dared to admit the truth in print and write about it: that the press sold its soul to chase profits rather than the truth when it came to the ratings. Long before the O.J. Simpson case, the nielsens would skyrocket whenever celebrity news "trumped" (no pun intended) that of hardcore foreign news. I was reminded of this when I read the chapter on the Trump divorce wars; The Donald, his bimbo Marla, and soon-to-be ex-wife Ivana were all the rage at a time when Nelson Mandela was released from prison in the spring of 1990 after twenty-seven years of incarceration. The huge 1987 Gary Hart fiasco was merely a prelude to the painful excuse the msm always provides for themselves and us by maintaining that if the public wants it (and WE always have the right to know) then they are merely doing their jobs as professional gatekeepers. Both the 1987 Gary Hart expose and the Clinton/Monica scandals of 1998 were prime examples of the msm's desire to present the great gullible unwashed with scandal and hard news simultaneously, the same reasoning that they used to exploit Charles and Diana marriage breakup when it hit the headlines. The sad truth, as Walls makes vividly clear is that the public figures who are so often maligned by this salacious coverage, also love the attention, as did Diana, Princess of Wales, the twentieth century's prime martyr of the celebrity myth she helped to create and which destroyed her in the end.