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Old 01-27-2010, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Smalltown, USA
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gossip in small towns, so true!!!

This thread reminds me of that song "Everyone dies famous in a small town".
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:00 PM
 
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There is some advantages of " gossip" in a farming comunity.

You find out quickly who not to accept a personal check from.

Who not to believe when he says--------" I'll pay you next Wednesday for this load of hay.

Who not to lend tools or machinery to.

Who not to rent land to cuz despite offering you the highest price per acre, you got a hard time getting paid.

Who not to buy hay by the ton from, cuz he cheats you on the weight.

Yup, farming " gossip" is a good way for shysters o learn they soon will be exposed.
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I think there is truth to there being more gossip in small towns. Small town women tend to be less educated and more likely to not work outside the home. Combine low education with bored housewife and you get someone who has no life so they have to talk about others to make themselves feel important.
I don't know that it's that there's MORE gossip, there's just fewer people, so it reaches everyone in town, and quickly. People gossip in larger places, too, it just gets more diluted because not everyone knowns everyone. Gossip is human nature. Not one of us, regardless of whether we're highly educated, bored housewives, gainfully employed, or whatever, can truthfully say that we've never speculated about another person's business with other people. People talk about people. It's just how it is.
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:37 PM
 
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I don't know that it's that there's MORE gossip, there's just fewer people, so it reaches everyone in town, and quickly. People gossip in larger places, too, it just gets more diluted because not everyone knowns everyone. Gossip is human nature. Not one of us, regardless of whether we're highly educated, bored housewives, gainfully employed, or whatever, can truthfully say that we've never speculated about another person's business with other people. People talk about people. It's just how it is.
While I agree with what you say about it being human nature, I'll also say that it can be more destructive to personal lives in small towns. In a bigger city, if something malicious is being said, you can always adjust, move to a different neighborhood, change jobs, etc. In a small town, that's hard to escape, and the personal blends with the professional much more easily.

I can imagine it would be especially infuriating if what was said was not true, or if say, to go to marmac's example, a store owner or someone who has done business with you decides to spread false information about you to give you a bad name.

No, it's not always 'the bad guy' who gets a bad name when the rumors start flying. Sometimes the bad guy is the one starting the rumors.
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:57 PM
 
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------" a store owner or someone who has done business with you decides to spread false information about you to give someone a bad name "--

Wouldn't happen where I live.
Store owners need to stay on the good side of customers who are honest and trustworthy.

They are the ones who keep the store owner in business cuz the dis-honest ones and the check bouncers aren't gonna keep him in business.
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:59 PM
 
Location: southern california
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relocation is the only answer. in the small southern town, the nail which stands out is hammered down.
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