01/13/2012 01:49 pm ET

The Evolution Of Gossip: How Dishing Got Dirty

Gossip gets bad press, but until the invention and widespread use of the Internet, it could be conveniently divided between private and public spheres.

Now one can arrive at notoriety without having first achieved anything. And like the distinction between gossip and news, that between the private and the public has become blurred in the digital age.

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