Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Above the Fold

Nothing conveys truthiness like a manly fold of the arms.It is now absolutely clear: If you wish to be taken seriously in this world, you must stand with your arms folded. Don't take my word for it, just have a look at the front of the business section in today's Times Union. A story about local telecom providers is accompanied by two photos, showing four men (including the ubiquitous Kevin O'Connor) with their arms crossed. It all reeks of power and success.

Or maybe it just reeks of photographers needing to come up with something new. Business publications and annual reports are riddled with this visual cliche, which starts looking like a parody when you see so many people doing it. And as evidenced in today's paper, half the time it makes people look like they want to kick your ass.