Citizen Paparazzi

OK, it was only a matter of time until this happened. The Wall Street Journal has a story (Feb. 28, The Rise of the ‘Citizen Paparazzi’) describing how regular folks have become a celebrity’s worst nightmare. Photo agencies like Buzz Foto LLC and Scoopt are encouraging (and paying) just about anyone to send in their celebrity images transforming the shooter into….citizen paparazzi.

Add the availability of cheap, technically capable digital cameras to a super efficient distribution channel like the web and you have the infrastructure for an army of photojournalists. The army self-deploys to the four corners of the globe and presto, 24-7 world-wide coverage…for free.

This is not completely new. More than a few Pulitzers have been awarded to camera-toting amateurs who happened to be in the right place at the right time (and who could forget the National Geographic cover shot by a monkey). The main difference is that citizen paparazzi get money not journalistic prizes.

Couple camera wielding citizens with the blanket of security cameras covering the developed world and it’s conceivable that walking around in public unobserved has become impossible.

Keith

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~ by keithphilpott on March 1, 2008.

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