Emer McLysaght: How WhatsApp has given gossip a new lease of life

Almost overnight, voicenotes have replaced Netflix as the drama provider of choice

7th March, 2021
Emer McLysaght: How WhatsApp has given gossip a new lease of life
The voicenote allows an uninterrupted telling of gossip, with as much breathless intensity as the voicenoter sees fit

We’ve been gossiping for millennia. Did you see what your man said about the other fella’s pyramid? Have you heard that so-and-so left her husband’s cave for another woman’s cave? You’ll never guess what the King was caught saying about his nephew’s woefully boring harpsichord recital and now the child’s mother is threatening to burn the wheels of his best carriage, etc. However, in all those years of hearsay and whispering there has never been...

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