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How the internet changed gossip

Gossip has always existed—in fact, it might even do us good. But what happens when rumour goes online?

By Harry Harris  

In the Simpsons episode “And Maggie Makes Three,” Marge’s sisters Selma and Patti Bouvier promise her that they will absolutely not tell her husband Homer that Marge is pregnant. They repeat: “We promise we won’t tell… Homer.”

Then, the sisters open a phone book at the As, cutting through to them finishing at the Zs.

They’re sort of keeping their promise, but also not really. (The joke ends up being that instead of calling the whole phone book as we’re…

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