Get Your Photo Taken! Ask Me How!

Monday, May 17, 2010
A good friend of mine just graduated George Washington University. On the evening before the university-wide commencement, she decided she wanted to write something clever on her hat. She has four years of college-level Arabic,  and decided to advertise that by writing "Hire Me!" in English and Arabic.

"If you write that on your hat, you absolutely will get your photo taken," I said.

And lo and behold, the AP published five photos of  the commencement. One of them was a photo of her hat (the link to the photo I was using is now broken, so the photo itself is not currently available).

I'd like to think I have a highly attuned news sense, but I'm a little concerned that if the media is that predictable, I'm not the only one who is manipulating it.

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