Credibility bookcase is the quarantine's hottest accessory
The bookcase has become the preferred background for applying a patina of authority to an amateurish video feed
Tue, May 05, 2020 - 5:50 AM
As the broadcast industry shelters in place, the bookcase has become the background of choice for television hosts, executives and politicians. The bookcase offers both a visually pleasing surface and a gesture at intellectual depth.
ILLUSTRATION: CARI VANDER YACHT/NYTIMES
IMAGINE that you are a member of the expert class - the kind of person invited to pontificate on television news programmes.
Under normal circumstances, your expertise might be signalled to the public by a gaudy photograph of skyscrapers superimposed behind your head....