Celebrities let their Web sites do the talking: This has been kind of an interesting trend. The Internet can remove a lot of the layers between star and fan.
Britney Spears confided that she was taking a break after years of being pushed by “advisers.”
Melissa Etheridge spoke candidly about her breast cancer.
Were these weepy interviews with confessional queen Barbara Walters?
No. In both cases the singers talked directly with their fans via the Internet. Spears and Etheridge are among stars who are bypassing traditional media and using their Web sites to break news both personal and professional.
And Boing Boing had a post today about someone spoofing Ashlee Simpson on her own message boards. The information I saw seemed to imply that Simpson occasionally uses the boards for communicating with her fans.