DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Celebrity gossip is my guilty pleasure.
It’s a rare day that doesn’t begin and end with Jezebel’s Dirtbag. I surreptitiously scan tabloid headlines in the supermarket checkout line. I scoop up the latest copies of People and US Weekly magazines before I pick out my polish at the nail salon.
Maybe it’s because celebrities are completely complicit in promoting themselves for our consumption that I relish reading about their lives and lifestyles.
Entertainment aside, some researchers believe gossip plays a useful role at work. That latching on to the office grapevine is a way to learn cultural norms, create connections, and promote collaboration and cooperation.