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Dish: The Inside Story On The World Of Gossip Became the News and How the News Became Just Another Show [Kindle Edition]

Jeannette Walls

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Gossip. It's more than just hearsay. society columns, and supermarket tabloids. It has, like it or not, become a mainstay of American pop culture. In Dish, industry insider Jeannette Walls gives this provocative subject its due, offering a comprehensive, serious exploration of gossip and its social, historical, and political significance. Examining the topic from the inside out, Walls looks at the players; the origins of gossip, from birth of People magazine to the death of Lady Di; and how technology including the Internet will continue to change the face gossip. As compelling and seductive as its subject matter, Dish brilliantly reveals the fascinating inner workings of a phenomenon that is definitely here to stay.

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"A history of how gossip became the news... Saucy, sassy. -Los Angeles Times; "Dazzling... if you're interested in gossip, in the workings of the media and how gossip is dressed up as 'news,' you have to read this book cover to cover. It's great, a wickedly intelligent wallow - Liz Smith, New York Post"


A history of celebrity gossip discusses watershed events and personalites, the history of tabloids, and how reporters and publicists control the public image of celebrities.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2517 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 038081045X
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (16 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049B22ZM
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating look at the merger of news and sleaze. 18 April 2000
By MLPlayfair - Published on
I'm not sure what I expected from this book when I picked it up. With Princess Grace on the cover (it doesn't talk about her at all) and a chapter about Diana, I guess I thought it would be about how great women took the hounding by the media. Well, it sort of is. But mostly it's about the gossip reporters, and about how the news industry, over the last few decades, slowly but solidly lost its integrity and turned toward sleaze for ratings and "scoops." Fascinating stuff! It doesn't so much repeat the gossip as it does tell how reporters get their story and what they do with it. I couldn't put this book down, except that every once in a while the sleaze factor was so great, I had to go and bathe just to feel clean again. There were parts I didn't really find captivating, but others where I laughed out loud, mostly at someone's arrogance. There's something in here for everybody. Easy to read, well written. I wanted more!
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What really goes on behind the scenes.. 30 Jan. 2001
By "koranda" - Published on
If you have any fascination with gossip/celebrities or how the "media machine" works, this is a great book. It is very fast pace, tracing the history of gossip columns from the early "penny papers" through Walter Winchell, Louella Parsons, the ET tonight type programming, and Matt Drudge. Lots of interesting tidbits about celebrities that I never knew, plus lots of information on how exactly the "publicity people" in Hollywood earn their keep. Who gets access to stars, why, and the hoops they jump through to keep it. I have to admit, it made me wonder about my own character (why am I so interested in what perfect strangers are up to) but then again, it is all in fun. A fun, quick read, with lots of historical information and background.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dish: The Inside Story on the World of Gossip 10 April 2000
By andy behrman - Published on
Dish was an incredibly entertaining book that read like a thriller of the gossip industry - - I don't think I put the book down more than two or three times. I was fascinated by the history of the world of gossip that the author traces from Confidential to the Enquirer to the birth of tabloid television. Interspersed throughout the book, the author manages to skillfully "drop" gossip of her own about celebrities, past and present, adding an "up to the minute" feeling to the book. If you're a media junkie, it's a must read!
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a piece of history 8 Mar. 2000
By sandra pearson - Published on
At first glance I thought Ms Walls was going to tell me more about gossip than I really needed to know. After reading DISH, I was impressed by how well she kept my attention to the whole topic because she actually writes as a serious journalist giving the history of a form that is a well established part of our culture. The book is entertaining and informative and moves as a very rapid pace. I think it will delight all those readers who followed the news of previous celebrity watchers. It is well researched and written in a story fashion that does not lag. I couldn't put it down
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Careless with names, cool with content 11 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
I enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone interested in learning how the line between journalism and gossip has been forever blurred. But Walls--or her editor--glaringly mis-identifies some major players by name. For example, she calls former NBC news president Reuven Frank "Frank Reuven" and refers to Brown and Williamson scientist-whistleblower Jeffrey Wiegand as "Jeffrey Wigland." These mistakes are repeated in the book's index as well, along with some others. Somehow, I can't bring myself to give this more than 3 stars because the author's own errors in accuracy erode some of her credibility for me. Too bad, because otherwise, the book is exhaustively researched.
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