"Maybe tabloids don't exist to disabuse us of our innocence regarding the
personalities they cover. Maybe, by presenting obvious-in-retrospect news—famous
people, like all people, drink too much, do drugs, cheat, and die alone—as
"shocking," they give us a little bit of our innocence back, allowing us, the
cynical readers numbed by a cynical age, to feel shocked (even though we're not)
the way horror movies (in which the zombies don't pose any actual threat) let us
-- Alex Pappademas, "All the Dirt That's Fit to Print"