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Arts Tokyo Weekender 2009 January

Column: Private Investigations

by Robert Michael Poole

"Always be nice to bankers. Always be nice to pension fund managers. Always be nice to the media. In that order." – Lord James Hanson

“Always be nice to bankers. Always be nice to pension fund managers. Always be nice to the media. In that order.” – Lord James Hanson

Media and its reporters these days are often regarded suspiciously at best, and as vermin at worst. The term ‘paparazzi’ actually comes from the name of a news photographer in Federico Fellini’s classic 1960 film, La Dolce Vita. The character Paparazzo had been supposedly so-named by the director from an Italian dialect meaning ‘mosquito’, describing an annoying noise.