Why is Celebrity Gossip such big business?
I'm tired of hearing about all the cheating spouses, the drug overdoses, the partying habits and all the other bad choices celebrities make. Why do we care so much? Does it make us feel more human? Does it justify our bad choices? Can they shop for Paparazzi Insurance like we shop for cheap car insurance? I think it would only be fair. If they're in it for the money can't they be paid to report nothing?
I understand that these people put themselves in the spotlight by their choice of career, but can't we just enjoy their works? Why must we know every detail of their lives? I don't think it's fair and if we stop buying the magazines selling it, and stop watching the shows showing it, maybe it will all go away. It's just too much.
On the other hand, I love Reality TV. I like watching the "Nobodies" on Survivor and how they react to their situations. I LOVE helping find the next big music star on American Idol (although I never vote). I like watching people get lost and perform amazing stunts in Amazing Race, and I have been caught on a rainy afternoon taking in a re-run of Wife-Swap. Yes it's someone else's dirty laundry (literally) but they put it out there. That makes me feel normal. Not hearing about poor Sandra and her good-for-nothing hasband (hopefully).
What's your take?