Oh God, Even TMZ Wants Drones Now (Updated)

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We, as private citizens, are screwed. The government has a whole terrifying fleet of drones. But now TMZ wants its own army of robotic paparazzo in the sky. Someone, President Obama, Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, anyone, please help!

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Because of a new law that's opened up our friendly U.S. skies to thousands of more drones, tons of unlikely organizations are hitting the FAA with requests for flying robots. Among them are universities, police departments, and private corporations. Probably your mother too, as she suspects you're not getting enough sleep and probably staying out too late.

Paparazzi have apparently already used small drones to catch celebs in action hopefully topless along the French Riviera, but this tactic hasn't yet been used in our own country. And that makes TMZ undoubtedly the worst group to ask for drone permission. Please, FAA, think of all the famous children.

Update: TMZ calling this a bogus rumor:

TMZ is NOT getting in the DRONE business ... we don't have a drone ... we don't want a drone ... we never applied for a drone ... despite a bogus report to the contrary.

And we all breathed a collective sigh of relief.

[MySanAntonio.com via Gothamist]

Image credit: AP

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DISCUSSION

The drones aren't the problem. It's the Paparazzis that are the issue. Without drones, there's nothing stopping them from owning helicopters and taking shots from them.

Also, the way I see it, our society is the problem; we, as a culture, put waaay to much value into celebrities. Why else do we have poeple paying thousands of dollars for a photo of talentless, boring, shallow and inexplicably popular people (ahem! the Kardashians *cough*). Its like everybody is stuck in the highschool mentality where petty drama is the most interesting thing.