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New Journalism Degraded by Public Demand

Gawker Media

There appears to be a fascinating sexual tension growing between old journalism and new journalism. A startled and exposed Tiger Woods discovered this the hard way, when both journalisms barged into his bedroom together with a kind of zeal that had no precedent in American sports.

The younger generation, led by peer idols like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian, is less repressed, less inhibited and less interested in previous rules of decency and decorum. New journalism is more voyeuristic, more reckless and more entitled. The marketplace wants, craves, lusts for naked gossip, and the result is Sports America keeps peeping in on the famous even if it means trampling the not famous, and fairness, in the breathless need to make private — and privates — public.

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