The rise of the ‘citizen paparrazi’

The internet is fueling the rise of a new “citizen paparazzi, as photo agencies are increasingly relying on submissions from everyday people for celebrity snapshots, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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See a slideshow of some photos taken by the new ranks of celebrity photographers.

This has led to an explosion in the number of photographs available to magazines and Web sites like TMZ or Perez Hilton. And it has created friction with the old-guard paparazzi, who often find themselves navigating throngs of amateurs at red-carpet events….

“It’s the citizen paparazzi,” said Mario Lavandeira, who is better known by his online persona Perez Hilton.

Photo agencies such as Buzz Foto LLC, Scoopt (acquired last year by Getty Images Inc.) and Mr. Paparazzi are among those that increasingly encourage amateurs and young photographers to send in their findings.

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    In my article published in the ASIAN TRIBUNE dated August 15,2007(VELUPILLAI PRABHAKARAN-A HERO OR A BIG ZERO?) I had predicted that Prabhakaran cannot achieve Eelam.But my prediction that the Lankan army cannot kill him has been proved incorrect(I had predicted that he would be killed by his own men or he would commit suicide).
    It is interesting to note that Rajiv Gandhi and Premadasa were killed in the month of May.Prabhakaran also has been killed in May.
    The date 18 is also significant.Mahinda Rajapaksa was born on November 18,1945.
    The name Sri Lanka carries the occult number 18.
    Also,Eelam bears the occult number 18.
    18 adds up to 9(1+8=9)
    Rajapaksa is now 63 years(6+3=9).
    Rajapaksa belongs to the Zodiacal Sign of Scorpio ruled by 9
    It is quite note-worthy that Rajapaksa could win the war against LTTE at the age of 63.
    Eventhough the war on terrorism has been won,Rajapaksa has a herculean task ahead to win the hearts of Tamil people.So,his government should not get intoxicated by the present victory.Remember,Prabhakaran dead will be more dangerous than the Prabhakaran alive!

  • jimmy kate

    I’d like to see more participation in the discussions.