Synthesis Paper - Papparazzi
English 111 Lights, Camera, and Tactics Have you ever wondered where the photo of your favorite celebrity came from? Who took it? How much was paid for the photo? Was anyone injured or harassed in the process of taking this photo? Do celebrities have a right to privacy? This essay takes a look at the paparazzi, the celebrities, the tactics used to take the pictures, and the tactics used to avoid a photo from being taken.
The paparazzi are possibly the most despised media practitioners. Members of this group can be seen on the streets of Los Angeles and New York, hoping to catch an unguarded moment of a celebrity, buying coffee, walking a dog, or doing just about any mundane activity. (Mendelson 1) …show more content…
Celebrities vs. Paparazzi Celebrities are no different from normal people when they want private time. However, that does not always happen. “It's not really a surprise when celebrities lash out and take their aggression out on a seemingly defenseless member of the camera carting crew.” (Zimbio) From smashed cameras to punches thrown, Zimbio lists the Top 10 attacks on paparazzi from celebrities, which included; “Kanye West attempted to board a plane from LAX…One photographer in particular suffered … West rushed towards the photographer, stole his camera, then smashed it to the ground.” Also listed; “Sean Penn is the king of paparazzi attacks, … when he got back to his hotel room one night and found a paparazzo waiting for him…..he grabbed the photographer and dangled him from the ninth-floor balcony by his ankles.”(Zimbio)
Do Celebrities have a “Right to Privacy”? “Celebrities, public officials and private citizens involved in newsworthy incidences are all legally defined as public figures”. (Boese 1) “Public figures actually have far fewer rights to privacy than an ‘ordinary person.’” (Boese 1) Public figures break down into three types:
• Public figure: A person who has achieved fame or notoriety or who has voluntarily become involved in a public controversy. A public figure (or public official)