~The On-going Debate
Gossip and news are often mistaken one for the other. We could look at the different definitions for each of these words to see exactly what the difference between them is, or we could ask the experts.
Ethicist, Randy Cohen announced in a radio broadcast on National Public Radio what he thought the main differences were between gossip and news.(6)
According to Cohen, since gossip, like news, can be factual, ethics and intentions really count when determining if the information you are spreading is considered gossip or news. Was the information likely to do harm?- probably gossip. Or was it an attempt to help?- probably news.
Cohen eagerly supported the act of gossip, saying that it is an ethical obligation to discuss our friends completely and prudently.