When I read this news report today about college students fighting to take down a gossip site called JuicyCampus.com for publishing their weekend hookups, partying, and general social lives, I was immediately reminded of my favorite show, Gossip Girl — whose plot mirrors this real-life situation. As a fictional show, Gossip Girl is a guilty pleasure and no one's getting hurt. But in real life, I'm outraged for these students.
This isn't MySpace or Facebook where hurting your reputation is all up to you, this is poisonous gossip, spread by others who may not know you, and it may or may not even be true.
Every one among us has had some experience with how awful gossip can be on a personal level, probably in middle or high school, and that was without websites like JuicyCampus. And now with it and blogs and social networking sites, I want to know: Have you ever been gossiped about online?