Gossip Girl likes to keep things classy and somewhat true.
So means of communication are vast. We can immerse ourselves in information, conversation and gossip constantly. It is not “word of mouth” it is “word of fingertips” Think about it. We update statuses. We tweet. We retweet. We post blogs. We see pictures. We read news. But we less frequently make a phone call or have a “face-to-face” conversation. right?! Well that means Gossip’s path is changing. It’s not a game of telephone (in the old sense) anymore.
Don’t think that I am saying our vocal gossip is disappearing… that is most definitely untrue. BUT! We are gossiping with greater ease.
It also seems gossip and rumor are frequently conflated. Is gossip sometimes rooted in rumor? Sure. But not all gossip is necessarily rumor.. Ya know, kind of like all squares or rectangles but not all rectangles are squares. So perhaps, all rumor is gossip but not all gossip is rumor. The connotation of rumor is just so negative–it stems from a dangerous space. Gossip can be good.
What does gossip mean? Well to me it is not simply situated in the realm of rumor or today’s best tabloid. We all do it. Gossip is conversation (where ever you hold that conversation, medium is up for grabs). It is not just stories overheard or Kim Kardashian’s latest possible marriage. Its both bigger and smaller than that. It is circulation of information. It helps our culture survive. It is not always vicious. It does not only dwell on the upper east side; it is alive and well in small towns and the country side. It just might be…the thread that holds us all together.