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March 01, 2006

Gossip and Guys

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

When did red-blooded American males become gossip queens? Was it six months ago? Two weeks? Between heroic wrestles with the Renaissance, early modernism, and Rome, FvBlowhard refreshes himself with visits to The Superficial. Another varmint -- the most brawny and swaggering bud I have -- regularly sends friends emails with links to postings that made him giggle at DListed. Me? Well, ever the classicist, I'm couldn't be more thrilled that Page Six can be found online.

Where macho het dudes are concerned, is the Web empowering or is it emasculating? Does digital technology free us to do what we've always wanted to do, and to be who we've always wanted to be? Or is the Web like a sci-fi virus, something sinister that's transforming even the beefiest of guy-guys into metrosexuals?

And what's your own favorite online gossip site anyway?



posted by Michael at March 1, 2006


I think everyone wants some sort of "inside" look at the people they are most interested in. For me, I couldnt care less about Hollywood stars, but I love Hockey and Football. And when I had the chance to get some "dish" on some Hockey player that was carousing with Call Girls the night before game 7 of the Stanley Cup, I ate it up.

More news on the Minnesota Vikings and their sex yacht (Wiki)??? Please give me more.

Posted by: Ian Lewis on March 1, 2006 9:16 AM

Remember: for as emasculating as the web may be for the boys, it can be dramatically empowering for girls. (Well, the geeky ones, anyway.)

I don't enjoy flat-out celeb gossip, but I love gossip-humor sites like Go Fug Yourself, D-Listed and Manolo's Shoe Blog.

I wonder if that's like the web version of hating the news but loving Jon Stewart? Hmmm...

Posted by: communicatrix on March 1, 2006 10:36 AM

I sort of overloaded on celeb gossip about ten years ago...roughly the last time I ever bought a "Vanity Fair" magazine. I really have zero interest now. I think men are just exploring the new and feminine side of themselves, now that they can do it for free and in private...which continues of course to make them masculine! Especially the "for free" part is my guess! You know you guys all really want to know the true story of Brad and Angelina. I think the next step is that you will be bringing along a friend to guard the dressing room door while you try on skimpy bathing suits. I'm sure of it.

Posted by: annette on March 1, 2006 11:11 AM

Oh, I love the Superficial (can't believe I'm admitting that :) There used to be a commenter who signed off as Bill Clinton and was so funny 'in character.' It wasn't very ideological - it was more of a play on the SNL version of Bill Clinton and it used to make me laugh out loud.

Posted by: MD on March 1, 2006 11:16 AM

I love all the gossip humor sites. Not because I'm that interested in Jessica Simpson per se, but because of their general tone and snarkiness. Vanity Fair salivated over celebrities; these sites make fun of them. That's why boys, and girls, like them.

Posted by: Rachel on March 1, 2006 1:18 PM

Golden Fiddle is currently the best of these blogs, IMO. If you can decipher the goofy patois and tolerate the awful site design, then Thighs Wide Shut is another hilarious gossip blog. The fact that The Superficial is insanely popular baffles me as I find the writing on there to be genuinely meanspirited and obvious.

Posted by: the patriarch on March 1, 2006 1:44 PM

For whatever reason, the older I get, the less interested I am in pop culture. In other words, I only have the foggiest idea who "Brad," "Jen" and others whose names grace the cover of People are.

On the other hand, I can be curious about the dirt on people (living or dead) in fields that interest me. So let's say I normally don't seek out gossip, but I usually won't ignore it should it come my way.

Could this be something generational or simply my usual weirdness?

Posted by: Donald Pittenger on March 1, 2006 3:19 PM

Sorry, dlisted isnt even in the same league as superficial. Anyone who can consitently goof on the on those fools deserves our supreme attention. "The fact that the Superficial is insanely popular baffles me as I find the writing on there to be genuinely meanspirited and obvious." Written by the kid in the front of the class with his hand always up.

Posted by: rico on March 1, 2006 10:50 PM

NY Daily News' "Daily Dish" is a pretty good gossip site:

Posted by: winifer skattebol on March 1, 2006 10:53 PM

I think most guys channel their interest in gossip into sports. Just watch the interest about the games, team personnel moves, the drafts and contract negotiations.

I follow the NFL closely and it is its own little world of "gossip", all in a context of athleticism and professionalism. Some males may pay attention to what Brangelina are doing, but I think a lot more were paying attention to Terrell Owens' quasi-psycho conflict with Donovan McNabb/attempt to get more money.

Posted by: jult52 on March 2, 2006 9:49 AM

I agree somewhat with jult52.
A good deal of the sports gossip (such as Ian Lewis' comment "...when I had the chance to get some "dish" on some Hockey player that was carousing with Call Girls the night before game 7 of the Stanley Cup, I ate it up.") started with info on the 'net or on Sports Channel. This type of info, regardless of its veracity, was easy to discuss becasue it was so easy to understand.
However, this type of gossip, IMHO, is harder to come upon, whatever media you're using. Nowadays, the sports-related news is so much like a segment out of Wall Street Week that a quick conversation on sports is doomed.
Take the NFL. Aside from the T.O. thing, salary caps and how to deal with them is the major topic of the sports media. Who the hell understands the salary cap except tax lawyers and accountants who are already immune to clauses, exemptions, and deferrals. I think that's why the T.O. thing became such a hot topic of conversation/gossip; it was so easy to understand and easy to get emotional about.
Come on, how can you even get a little bit of phlegm forming at the corner of your mouth discussing salary caps?

That's why I hang out on the outskirts of women's coffee klatsches. Now that's goissip a guy can get his teeth into!

Posted by: DarkoV on March 2, 2006 10:20 AM

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