Remember when we were smart enough to ask our friends, "Do you like Suzy?" before we started trashing Suzy?
I keep thinking about bad things people have said about other people, people I have no problem with. I'd just rather not know some things about some people, and I feel bad that I do.
If our friends asked first, we can say, "Well, yeah, kinda. I don't really know her," and our friends can say, "Oh, yeah, okay," and find someone else to listen to the news about Suzy. Or we can say, "Yeah, Suzy sucks," and at least we can make the choice to hear more.
I think it was better that way.