"They return at evening, snarling like dogs, and prowl about the city." ---Psalm 59:14
The Chase Ensues
At the starting gate
Off they go!
Following close behind,
Like hounds on a hunt
Ferociously sniffing for
That unmistakable scent,
Yelping and pointing.
Now, the fox is
In their sight.
From Where Did the Term "Paparazzi" Come?
An Italian word used to describe the annoying sound made by a buzzing mosquito is "paparazzo."
In 1960, in the film "La Dolce Vita" there was a character named "Paparazzo" and this is from where the term "paparazzi" was coined. This was chosen the best answer on yahoo.com when the question was posed.
These photographers have been stereotyped as being aggressive and intrusive. However, is this a true statement?
Obviously, there is a demand for the photographs. Just go to your local supermarket and see all of the tabloid magazines available.
The photographers who are credentialed are those who are invited to red carpet events. Such photographers maintain a respectful distance.
However, paparazzi are not invited and generally will take photographs of their subjects on the streets without consent of their subjects. They will also get in the faces of their subjects without any respect for their subjects' personal space. Further, they are known to do stakeouts and chasing, which sometimes result in terrible incidents and persons being harmed.
Celebrities are also known to stage paparazzi shoots to gain publicity for an upcoming project, or even to promote a new line of clothing. However, Princess Diana or Jackie Onassis would never "plan" such shoots.
So, it seems that this is a vicious cycle, and we, the public, have gotten so used to such public access to the private lives of celebrities, which only feeds the desire for celebrity photos.
If the public really wants to end such behavior, then it should stop buying the magazines which feature their work.
Doubt that will ever happen!
The character of Paparazzo in a scene from the movie "La Dolce Vita" ~ The music to this video is really cool, at least to me!
The Case of Princess Diana
Of course, Princess Diana's case is the most notorious example of the paparazzi "hounding" a celebrity. As we all know, Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris where the paparazzi were blamed in part.
I remember watching in horror and sadness when Princess Diana died. As stated here, the paparazzi were blamed in part, as her driver was also blamed.
There were some conspiracy theories going around as well at that time, but I will not go into those here.
It is hard to believe Princess Diana died that long ago, back in August of 1997.
Would you ever want to be famous enough that the paparazzi would chase after you day in and day out?
The New Anti-Paparazzi Law in California
This law helps to create a firm boundary between the publicity of a celebrity and his or her personal life, and was ruled constitutional.
With the passage of this new law, both celebrities and paparazzi will, hopefully, not be in so much danger. In 1997, Princess Diana died in a car crash, attempting to escape the paparazzi, and in an opposite scenario, a photographer died in a car crash while taking a picture of Justin Bieber.
Being that the paparazzi will be prohibited from following celebrities so closely, future deaths can be prevented.
In addition, this law will be successful at reducing unwelcome publicity, harassment and danger, thus creating a balance between privacy and publicity. We shall see.
Do you think the paparazzi are just doing their job, or are they intruding into the private lives of individuals?
Initially, this hub began as a poem about political corruption
These thoughts came to me while just thinking of all the political scandals, and the world in general. And just how the world is so relentless in the pursuit of whatever for greed.
I guess when I initially began to write the poem above, my mind was geared towards political corruption, as I am a paralegal in real life and work in a state government office that attempts to keep public officials and public employees ethical, an arduous task to say the least! Obviously, my thoughts turned to the paparazzi.
In addition to those (corrupt politicians), there are those (the paparazzi) who literally hunt down those in celebrity status just to get a picture of them doing the most mundane things in this life.
I am thankful for what He tells us in His Word, that whatever has been done under the cover of darkness, He will bring into the light. Luke 8:17
God is pleased with integrity.
I have this scripture as my screensaver on my computer at work, being I work in the field of "ethics".
"I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity." ---1 Chronicles 29:17
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