In drawing up todays Compu-Toon panel, I can recall back in the day how the only way to get any important message out was through the grapevine. The source of the "grapevine" was word of mouth. Whatever you put out there it spread like wildfire.
What happened to that grapevine? Did it wither away? It was so dependable. Now we have gadgets to move things along. Nothing is juicy and gossipy anymore.