Psst, Juicy Campus Turns One, Pass It On

Juicy Campus, the “home of the juiciest college gossip,” celebrates its first birthday this month.  Juicy bills itself as a “virtual campus grapevine,” allowing collegians the opportunity to anonymously spread the word about anyone and anything they want. 

 

 

The posts have tended toward the lowbrow, as you might imagine, with headings such as “Biggest Slut on Campus,” “Most Surprising Gay Guys” and “Best Places to Get High on Campus.”  As UWire reports, the flurry of attention and contempt surrounding its existence has heightened as Juicy has spread.  The bigger-picture questions it raises: Does a message similar to what might be scrawled on a restroom stall become slander once typed online?  Is it gossip or, in its own strange way, news?  And is it a shining example of free speech, as the site proclaims, or simply a forum for vile rumor-mongering?

 

The debate continues, but one truth has definitely emerged: Even in newmediatopia, college students love to gossip.  The site now boasts pages for 500 schools nationwide.

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