Dish: How Gossip Became the News and the News Became Just Another Show

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380810451
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 363,222
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeannette Walls

Jeanette Walls is the former gossip correspondent for E! Channel and New York Magazine's "Intelligencer". She can now be seen on MSNBC three mornings a week and appears on MSNBC online four days a week. Ms. Walls lives in New York City.

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Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Walls:

"When I sat down to write The Glass Castle, there was no doubt in my mind that once the truth about me was out I would lose all my friends and my job. So far, the reaction has been the opposite. I'm just stunned. I think I've shortchanged people and their capacity for compassion. The whole experience has changed my outlook on the world. My brother and I are closer. My sister Lori and I have discussed things we'd never before talked about. I'm back in touch with people I knew in West Virginia whom I hadn't spoken to since I left. My mother wants to correct something in the book: She wants everyone to know that she's an excellent driver.

"When I was growing up, I always loved animals. But it was a part of myself that I'd let go dormant as an adult. Writing The Glass Castle, I was reminded of how important animals had always been to me, and that love was reawakened. Not long ago, I rescued two racing greyhounds, Emma and Leopold, and I'm irrationally devoted to them.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jeannette Barrett Walls
    2. Hometown:
      Culpeper, Virginia
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 21, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Phoenix, Arizona
    1. Education:
      B.A., Barnard College, 1984

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    In A Nutshell

    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.

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