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Archive for December, 2007

GOSSIP IS NOT A VICE

People often think that gossiping is a bad thing. True, it can be done harmfully. But gossiping is as normal and healthy a human activity as getting together. Gossip allows people to exercise their opinions and impressions in front of one another and to gain knowledge of other people’s opinions and impressions. Good gossip allows folks to exchange valuable data and interpretations concerning their social group and about the society as a whole. Bad gossip involves folks taking their communications as hard fact and acting harmfully on their assumptions. In coming blogs I will at times comment on media-produced gossip for what it says about human needs and interests.

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