We all have our very own Paparazzi. Or we will soon. Drones following our every move. Implantable technology that tracks our every movement. Cameras in every store, on every street corner, in everyone’s pocket as they attend events you are attending. Being unremarkable, unnoticed, is no longer an option.

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “paparazzi.”


Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

4 thoughts on “Paparazzi”

  1. Paparazzi hunt their prey for that ONE photo. After that, it’s time to write fiction. It could ruin a marriage. It could ruin a reputation. It could ruin a career. That doesn’t matter. The bigger the headline……the bigger the paycheck. How do they do it? They sold their consciences to the highest bidder.

  2. Famous for my athletic ability?
    Not even known, my treading on the boards.
    There are no leering, snapping paparazzi
    Around the corner in clamoring hoards.

    They do not recognize my fame
    Amidst the crowd, or on the street.
    I’m only a spectator at the game,
    Blending in, like a dandelion at their feet.

  3. The etymology of the word paparazzi is an interesting one. It originated from the surname Paparazzo, a photojournalist in Federico Fellini’s 1960s film “La Dolce Vita.” In reality, the genesis of this word stemmed from an Italian translation by an Italian female poet of a travel narrative about Southern Italy written in the early 1900s. It was the director’s screenwriter or the director himself who flipping randomly through this book came across the name and decided to use it.

  4. The word paparazzi acquired layers of real bad reputation, when Princess Diana died in the car crash, hounded by the paparazzi.
    In today’s world, every trivial piece of news is spiced-up, garnished and served to the world. For instance, do we really need to know if so and so filmstar forgot to wear her under garments at such and such event?
    Where does tasteless and crass reporting stop?
    What are the limits we are willing to cross?

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