Lindsay Lohan and a Normative Definition of News

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Lohan at Maxim's Hot 100 party.Photo: Getty Images

We have a vague memory of a professor in an undergrad media-theory course lecturing us one day on what he called the normative definition of news. Best we can recall, he explained that news, definitionally, is information that is true now but was not previously, that has an effect on your life, and that will require you to change in some way in response to it.

On an unrelated note, Lindsay Lohan apparently drinks excessively and uses drugs.