Like anything, I don't see gossip as wholly bad depending on what it is. For example, for a long time I lived in an Italian neighborhood where everyone knew everybody and people would discuss what was going on with neighbors - but not in a hurtful or malicious way. It was kind of nice, because you felt everyone was kind of looking out for each other without being invasive. I wish the neighbors in the town I live in now had the same courtesy - they'll pick up any rumor and run with it, without regards for how hurtful it may be or if it's even true.
There is "friendly gossip" that comes from being social creatures "Did you see miss smith, I heard she had surgery" - "Oh yes, I saw her yesterday when she came home she looked really sore and tired maybe we could bring her some soup" - gossipy but not mean spirited
The gossip that is bad and that I refuse to engage in is the kind that demeans or ridicules people behind their back or delves into highly personal subject matters like divorce etc. that are frankly no ones business. Having lived in an area where I've been the target of untrue and hurtful gossip that involved even my children, I recommend everyone checks their urge when it comes to spreading mean-spirited gossip.