Gossip Essay

948 words - 4 pages

Addictive…With a Horrible OutcomeMost people realise how gossip has a negative power in our lives, however the addiction to it makes that realisation foggy in our minds. Everybody loves a juicy story, which consists of almost all good gossip; just like Justin Beiber's arrest, he attracted a lot of attention because of a negative event that happened in his life. As well as all throughout Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, gossip has become a main component in the small town of Maycomb and has affected it negatively; some rumours are small except there's the big story of Boo Radley. Even in Kute Blackson's article, he states just how useless gossip is; in fact it makes our lives worst. Gossip's negative power consists of the high possibility of causing great humiliation, wasting our precious time and even spread the wrong information.Gossip has a tendency to spread humiliating information really quickly and to everyone, especially in small towns. Since most gossip is an embarrassing story about someone it can easily lead to bullying, as well as to ruin someone's life. Boo Radley is the biggest story around Maycomb; he's the town's ghost that everyone fears. The story of Arthur Radley's 'incident' has been told thousands of time, making it the biggest story for Maycomb; Boo has become feared by many and even looked down upon simply because of some rumour that might even be false. Miss Stephanie Crawford, the town's main gossiper, claims to be the witness of the 'incident'. "According to Miss Stephanie Crawford, Boo was sitting in the living room cutting some items from The Maycomb Tribune [….] and Boo drove the scissors into his parent's leg, pulled them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activities" (Lee 13). Having this story as the main source, Boo appears violent and dangerous, almost like the sick dog "Tim Johnson"; people believed he needed to be put down before he harmed anyone else. Having this spread around, has made social interactions with people who knew him impossible, people fear him, which forces him to stay inside.Our bodies are ticking time bombs; we never really know when we are going to die. However, we have a set amount of time in this world and we might just be wasting it. Most of us like to spend our time conversing with our friends which is a perfectly normal need for humans; many conversations between two friends are about the latest gossip, whether it's about someone you know personally or some famous person. A main reason that we gossip is to cure boredom; some even say that it helps us bond easier over a hatred of someone. Although it is possible to bond over rumours, it's time not well spent when we could be doing so much better. As...

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