"Shampoo is also representative of the notion that in small town life, everyone learns of everyone else's business pretty quickly."
They all talk about each other -- each other's trials, tribulations, and everything in between IS the news and what's happening.
My sis lives in a small mid-western town and when we visited her for the first time a few years after she moved there, my husband and I took a walk around town and I can't tell you the number of people who came right up to us and asked us point blank who we were and who did we know in town. Once I said I was the sister of 'x', everyone knew who I was talking about (as they know everyone who lives in town) and we were then 'approved'.
By the time we got back to my sis' house, just about EVERYONE in town knew who we were, where we were from, that we were visiting my sis, and for how long.
Amazing...almost faster than high-speed internet!
"I'm here because I believe in a free Narnia."