03/30/2012 02:54 pm ET Updated Mar 30, 2012

Liz Smith And Jo Piazza Debate America's Unhealthy Obsession With Celebrities

Has our obsession with celebrities become unhealthy?

When we buy that weekly magazine, or click on that juicy headline, are we indulging a bit of harmless escapism? Or are we, just as mother warned, turning our brains to mush?

For HuffPost Celebrity's inaugural entry in the Change My Mind debate series, we've asked two experts on the production and consumption of personality-driven news to square off on the question of whether our appetite for gossip has devolved into a damaging addiction.

Arguing in favor of that notion is Jo Piazza, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and the author of "Celebrity Inc: How Famous People Make Money."

Taking the opposite view is veteran journalist Liz Smith, who calls herself, in an expression of her trademark humility, "the 2,000-year-old gossip columnist."

Join the debate and see if Liz or Jo can change your mind.