Celebrity gossip has saturated American society on multiple levels. Outlets such as TMZ are very popular and millions of viewers partake in their celebrity news every day. Select ONE of the following sociological paradigms and respond to their subsequent questions.
1. Structural Functionalism:
What is the function (or functions) of celebrity gossip for society? What purpose does it serve and how does it help maintain stability and order?
2. Conflict Theory:
What forms of inequality are revealed in celebrity gossip? In particular, what does it have to say about class, race, gender and sexuality?
3. Symbolic Interactionism:
what does celebrity gossip mean to individual members of society? Can gossip have different meanings for different individuals or groups of individuals?