n. The act or process of trivializing or dumbing down.
Shoddy ethics, rampant sensationalism, entertainment masquerading as news, unfounded rumour disseminated as fact, unsourced stories, brazen invasions of privacy — it's the paparazzification of journalism.
—Michael Posner, “Media at stake,” The Globe and Mail (Canada), October 10, 1998
Century City went mad with celebrities, VIPs and paparazzi Monday night for the premiere at the Cineplex Odeon of the new Constantin Costa-Gavras film, 'Mad City,' starring Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta, Mia Kirshner and Alan Alda. This is a film with a message, and the message is the media, or 'the paparazzification of the media,' as Costa-Gavras describes this hostage drama about a TV reporter (Hoffman) who makes the news happen at the same time he reports it.
—Mark Ehrman, “The Media Were Right On Cue,” The Los Angeles Times, October 29, 1997
1996 (earliest)
I'm a victim, I tell you — a victim of tabloidization and paparazzification and voyeurization and probably four or five other -izations that don't even have names yet.
—Sally Kalson, “A craving for wedding bell news,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 30, 1996
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