Today, the Associated Press ran a story titled "Today's Advice to Graduates: No Selfies," about the (suggestive) ban administrators at the University of Southern Florida and Bryant University in Rhode Island have placed on students taking selfies while accepting their diplomas. Both schools said that they'd only put the ban in place to make sure the ceremonies move along, a not-unreasonable ambition, as anyone who has ever been to a graduation ceremony can attest. USF's dean essentially told the AP that the ban is meaningless. "Between you, me and the wall," he said, "that's basically an empty threat."
Despite being rather toothless (albeit impeccably researched) the story was picked up the New York Times, the Toronto Star and Yahoo!, among other outlets. But if sounded familiar, that the story did not exactly break today. The tale of the selfie ban — and the reactions to it — had been floating around the Internet for weeks before receiving the Times treatment. Here's a timeline of the "graduation selfie-ban" story's gestational journey, from its humble beginnings to its moment of syndicated glory.
Oddly enough, the birthplace of today's AP story was ... an AP story. The Associated Press writes a brief piece on Bryant University's request to students to not take selfies when they receive their diplomas from the university president.