Is There A War on Selfies?

Should selfies be banned at "serious" events?

Ah, the selfie. 

The photo of one's self, often with a big portion of outstretched arm in the frame. The word seems to have been coined in 2005, but quickly grew in popularity, even being added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013, when it was the "word of the year." 

Selfies have gotten some major play recently. Ellen DeGeneres' selfie with Hollywood elite during the Oscars was the most retweeted photo ever, briefly bringing down Twitter.

And after Red Sox DH David Ortiz took a selfie with President Barack Obama, in what turned out to be a promotional stunt for Samsung, the White House joked that it might have to ban presidential selfies

Now it seems to have done just that, with Obama on Saturday declining a 13-year-old girl's request that he join her in a selfie.

And the White House isn't the only institution cracking down.

The University of South Florida has issued a warning to its upcoming graduates: No selfies at graduation. In fact, those caught taking selfies at graduation will face disciplinary action and will have their degrees withheld, CBS reported.

Several other schools have officially banned selfies at "serious academic ceremonies," CBS says, including the University of Florida.

What do you think? Are selfies all fun and games, or is there no place for them at "serious ceremonies"?
John Smith April 28, 2014 at 08:45 AM
No one cares, I don't come on this site to read national news, CNN is perfectly capable of informing me of that. Start reporting on local news relating to western Montco; I don't care about re-blogs from Middle Earth PA and flyover states. This site is terrible, how can you say you're a site to get local news when there is no local news. P.S. - No one cares about local estate either
Francis Kilinsky April 28, 2014 at 09:46 AM
It depends on what part of the anatomy the selfie is taken of!
Bob Hoozenblat April 28, 2014 at 12:23 PM
You cared enough to click, John, and that's all they care about. If you want to influence them, vote with your feet (or in this case, your fingers).
More garbage from Patch. May 04, 2014 at 06:28 AM
It leads me to believe that because the president declined taking a selfie with a little girl that means the white house is against it or is it just no pictures? If Obama declines a peice of gum offered by his wife because his breath smells rank, does that mean the white house now has a no chewing gum ban in place?
More garbage from Patch. May 04, 2014 at 06:29 AM
Honest question with no sarcasm intended. I am curious and really just wondering why there wasnt a reason given or reported for why a selfie picture or taking one would be something to ban? Thousands of reasons are running through my head from the writer of the story can stir up a discussion to something as simple as a rule that reads something like this, "no distracting cell phone use while (fill in the blank) is in progress." Maybe, " taking pictures of ones self with or without your neighbors sitting beside you or selfie" is one thing listed as distracting and not just a new singled out ban of that particular act. If the editor or writer can elaborate I then would feel qualified or educated enough to make and share an opinion.


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