Category Archives: Gossip

In Defense of Gossip

Kelsey McKinney writes in the New York Times: In my earliest memory of being an insufferable gossip, I am 5 years old. I am at the top of a very tall playground slide with a friend, both of us cross-legged, … Continue reading

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The Oxford Handbook of Gossip and Reputation

Here are some excerpts from this 2019 book: * GOSSIP and reputation are core processes in all human societies. Consequently, humans invest a great amount of effort to keep track of others’ reputation and to effectively manage their own. This … Continue reading

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Envy Up, Scorn Down: How Status Divides Us

Professor Susan Fiske wrote in this 2011 book: * Walking down a dark alley, you spot an approaching figure. What is the first thing you want to know? If you are a sentry, you cry out, “Halt! Who goes there? … Continue reading

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Is Gossip Good?

Judaism’s laws of proper speech Libel and Gossip Gossip As A Gauge Of A Religion's Commitment To Reality: Every religion (and every moral system) of which I am aware condemns gossip. None do it in as minute detail as Judaism. … Continue reading

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Haaretz: From Bar Refaeli’s Torah Lessons to Paparazzi Shots of Rabbis: The ultra-Orthodox Love Affair With Gossip

From Haaretz: It was in the Shleikes Jewish food restaurant in Bnei Brak that I got the definitive proof of how gossip has conquered the ultra-Orthodox public. I had arrived for a joint interview with journalist Itzik Ohana, whose specialty … Continue reading

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