The Paparazzi Essay by Peter Pen

The Paparazzi
An overview of the paparazzi and the laws curtailing them.
# 45990 | 1,382 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2004
Published on Dec 04, 2003 in Communication (Mass Media) , Sociology (General) , Law (General)

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This paper looks at the paparazzi, who, for better or for worse, have become a part of the modern culture. It discusses where they cross the line from merely taking photographs of celebrities to invading their privacy. It shows how the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, shifted the public and judicial climate, especially in California, and drew new boundaries for paparazzi and how there was such an outrage of sentiment against the paparazzi that Hollywood stars won an important victory in their anti-paparazzi campaign. It examines how the 1999 privacy law is a victory for those lobbying to curb the intrusions of the media into their private lives and whether it can be considered a threat to freedom of speech.

From the Paper:

"The paparazzi fill a need, and not just for the publishing world. Many celebrities would have to hire their own photographers to catalog their activities (Wiemer A32). They save the subjects they photograph the trouble of coordinating their own publicity in every city they visit (Wiemer A32). The paparazzi have been a fixture of Hollywood since its beginning. There is a lasting symbiotic relationship between those with their Nikons at the latest movie premiere at the Mann's Chinese Theater and the parade of glittered stars whose careers often depend on the right kind of exposure (Blair 1). They need each other. Each feeds the other to create the aura that feeds them both. And the public craves that aura of fame to feed its own dreams (Levendosky 1B)."

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