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Phone Hacking Scandals: Is Our Appetite For Celebrity Gossip Fuelling Phone Hacking Scandals?
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Breaking news in the UK . Two former employers - a former chief reporter and former news editor of the News of the World newspaper were arrested today when they reported to the police at pre-arranged appointments. It’s not yet clear what this actually means for the ongoing investigation into phone hacking of well known celebrities and MP’s but it’s a story that is far from over.

What is clear from the original investigations that some well known celebrities had their phones hacked and they are rightly angry about what's a clear invasion of privacy. However, when I heard the news again today, it made me wonder who’s to blame for the rise in this sort of activity. Of course times have changed. When the late Elizabeth Taylor was scandalising the Vatican with her affair with the late Richard Burton, the story was widely reported, but there were no mobile phones to tap into or emails to hack. Perhaps newspaper editors just had to get an extra on set to find out what was going on, as allegedly they weren’t exactly discreet. Nowadays in our technological age there are so many varied and sophisticated options available.

So why would newspaper or magazine editors or reports resort to illegal phone hacking? Well it’s obvious isn’t it? Gossip sells and in a competitive market, every extra special piece of gossip that may provide opportunities for getting a scoop over your rival and bring boost in revenue has got to be tempting. So that leads me to another couple of questions. Which came first? Did newspapers fuel our desire for celebrity news, or had the public developed an appetite for the gossip which newspapers have struggled to satisfy?

It’s not a question I think I can adequately answer. I don’t really understand the fascination that so many people have for knowing the intimate details of celebrities lives where ever they sit on the A list to Z list celebrity scale. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not entirely immune to the power of celebrities. I enjoy looking at stars on the red carpet because I’m interested in fashion. But I’m more interested in the clothes themselves not the actors or actresses wearing them.

Knowing that David Arquette allegedly slept with another woman because his wife, the beautiful Courtney Cox allegedly hadn’t slept with him for 3 months is just too much information. Hearing Manchester United ‘s football star Wayne Rooney had allegedly slept with two prostitutes when his wife was pregnant – I didn’t care. He’s not a role model and I’m not particularly interested in football. I just don’t care about the personal lives of celebrities in that way.

So that brings me back to the question ‘Is our appetite for celebrity gossip fuelling phone hacking scandals?’ I have absolutely no idea – do you?


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