Originally Posted by cuppacoffee
Maybe this will help explain the bolded.
As for the rest: Americans seem to be fascinated with tabloid gossip. Lots of small minds out there. Hell, they elected prezbo didn't they. ( just had to throw that in there ) Check your local newsstand or the check out counter at wallyworld.
While I agree with you in general, I would expand it to say that HUMANS seem to be fascinated with tabloid gossip.
I think there is a direct correlation between the rise of extra non-productive "free time" and frivolous endeavors, and it is a trend not exclusive to Americans in history.