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Celebrity train wrecks: What's the appeal? Add to ...

Lindsay Lohan's trip to jail dominated The Globe and Mail's website traffic yesterday, with articles and videos reeling in over 50,000 page views.

Comments varied from sympathy to anger, but one sentiment remained strong: why do we continue to care about these troubled celebs?

Do we consider it fitting punishment for a life of wealth and glamour? What specifically do we get out of the circus?

Can you pinpoint the reasons you watch - and what does that mean about your worldview?

Join Globe writers Leah McLaren (who finds Mel's madness fascinating, but is too saddened by Lilo to watch), John Doyle (who recently wrote about the fascination with ' talentless, witless people who have achieved a small amount of fame') and Zosia Bielski (who admits she can't stop listening to Mel Gibson rants) today at 1 p.m.

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