Courtesy of the Washington Post:

Is gossip the new monoculture?


nobody watches the same TV shows or listens to the same music anymore.
But we all watch the same gossip. It’s the show with the characters
everyone knows, the feuds we’re all fighting over, the plot twists we’re
all following.


[Elaine] Lui
returns to a thread she’s been tugging on these past few days: that the
real reason gossip is met with such contempt is because it is a
feminized space.
Where athletics are perceived as hypermasculine and
are, in turn, afforded almost comical reverence, celebrity gossip is a
girly, guilty pleasure.

“How many 24-hour
sports channels are there?” Lui asks. She notes that “SportsCenter” and
its ilk are simply reporting on gossip.

getting traded to who? Who’s signing a deal? What happened in the locker
room? . . . That’s basically what we do on a gossip blog: Who is going
to sign on to this movie? Are they going to get along with this person?”
She is exasperated but delighted to be on one of her favorite tears.
“It’s the same!”

It’s not just sports. So much
political coverage over the past 18 months has been about feuds,
affairs, sex, betrayals, breakups and elaborate takedown plots. It’s
basically gossip, but the characters are mostly powerful men, so their
mood swings and, say, trysts with porn stars become push alerts that
clog up your phone.

So taking gossip seriously is fundamentally about taking women seriously.