The Lainey Gossip TED Talk on the Sociology of Gossip

Lainey Gossip TED Talk

Those of you who read The Weekend Reading List posts every weekend will know how much I love the gossip blog, Lainey Gossip. It’s my go-to-source for breaking celebrity news, analysis and laugh-out-loud commentary. And it’s the one website (other than Coco’s Tea Party, obviously) that I always tell people to bookmark.

Lainey, aka Elaine Lui, was invited to speak at TEDxVancouver, last October, and the Lainey Gossip TED Talk video has just been posted on Youtube. Even if you’re not big on celebrity news I urge you to take 20 minutes out of your evening to watch Elaine speak about the sociology of gossip. She makes some really smart points and raises many interesting questions…

You may not think ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics have much in common with The National Enquirer, but Elaine brilliantly shows how similar they are. She also touches upon some heavier topics – from feminism through to infidelity. And speaking of the latter, why is it we punish Kristen Stewart for cheating on Robert Pattinson, yet Ashton Kutcher’s career has gone from strength-to-strength since he cheated on Demi Moore? There are definitely some double standards there. Which, as Elaine points out, says more about us as a society than it does about Kristen and Ashton.

Let me know what you think after watching the Lainey Gossip TED Talk. And remember to bookmark Lainey’s blog now!


  1. I discovered her blog through you, of course! and she’s such a witty writer, her website is addictive and i find myself curious to read what her thoughts were on X storyline. x

  2. Cynthia says:

    I also discovered her blog through this site. She’s hilarious and I just love reading her posts and thoughts on celebrities.


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