Just the other day, I was thinking about how scribes like Bill Bell and Agnes Nixon had certain pet themes that they would take with them from show to show. Bell, for instance, seemed drawn to sibling rivalries, as they were a significant part of his stories on DAYS, Y&R and B&B. And Nixon REALLY loved writing about girls from the proverbial wrong side of the tracks, who grew up without fathers and craved the "good life."
Unfortunately, websites like TMZ are indicative of the kind of culture we live in. No longer are details of celebrities' personal problems kept under wraps out of respect for the persons involved and their loved ones. Now, it's all about "spilling tea" and whatnot.