Now, I'm old enough to remember 'gossip rags'. Outside of tv fare such as 'The Tonight Show' with Johnny Carson and daytime interview shows such as 'The Mike Douglas Show' and 'The Virginia Graham Show', they were the only real opportunity for those so inclined to get their fix. My, how times have changed. So I get that curiosity is natural. I get that to varying degrees, people are endemically fascinated by the lives of 'others'. This is why gossip and rumour set the tone in the work environment...and why Facebook and Twitter and YouTube possess such cachet; they're massive extensions of the water cooler. Or the hairdressing salon. Or the street corner.
And when you combine this with what amounts to either apathy or a long-established hands-off attitude towards 'politics'?