If you want to know how far gossip travels, do this – take a feather pillow up on a roof, slice it open, and let the feathers fly away on the wind. Then go and find every single feather and re-stuff the pillow.
If you can imagine gossip has been the bane of human existence for centuries upon centuries , it boggles my mind that it continues to thrive all these years.
It was Barbara Walters who once said, “Show me someone who never gossips, and I’ll show you someone who isn’t interested in people”.
She may have a point there but invariably the interest in people is usually pointed to their destruction , the salacious details that usually attend every story is embellished by the fabled ‘Chinese telephone’. Gossip becomes ‘truth’ as it gathers strength like a swirling hurricane . How can it not be true, especially if so many people are ”gossiping “about it! Right?
Gossip has become a part of our human DNA and there are a few people that will fervently declare they have no part in it. But it is difficult to turn a blind eye when the gossip is about you. Gossip is never about a scientific phenomenon or an indisputable fact of history. Indeed for the talk to be labelled ‘gossip’ it must supply ample moisture to the tongue.
Facts are never edifying enough for this to occur. For every gossip to live a long life, it must be mixed with a sizable amount of unbelievable entertainment values.
In history there has been many ‘juicy’ gossips. Some have some truths, others sheer nonsense. But whatever the outcome it is indisputable gossip is nothing but a tax you pay for being known. The more popular you are, the more the gossip becomes news that are usually edited over cans of beer or cups of tea.
Matt Drudge, cyber columnist of the Drudge Report, says it best: “I don’t call it journalism. I go where the stink is.”
And how stink it usually is.