Monday, December 18, 2006

A mid-career crisis

It's a well-known fact that at a middle point of life, many people go through changes. Men are more stereotypically represented by the mid-life crisis, as the image of a new sports car and engaging in younger activities is more than common. Apparently, we can rest assured that careers follow a similar arc, as Tucker Carlson has recently announced a mid-career crisis, changing something previously tied strongly into his image.

No, I'm not talking about his image-skewing appearance on Dancing with the Stars. I'm talking about his decision to let loose and get rid of the bowtie that has been so iconic to him.

Obviously, this is a huge step in the evolution of Tucker, as he sees the younger audiences that are so important to television being drawn away by other newscasters, such as Bill O'Reilly, Keith Olbermann, and Samantha Bee. The bow tie was a bit off-putting, and didn't seem to mesh with the rather aggressive style he hosts his show. Now, however, the gloves, or more specifically, the outdated pieces of neckwear, are off.

On a related note, the fact that Tucker Carlson has decided to set down the bowtie drops to an all-time low the number of potential bow-tie wearing Halloween costumes for 2007. While we still may see the bowtie by people dressing as James Bond (or Barney Frank), there aren't many more options. Let's hold out hope that someone else will revive this little-used piece of fashion.

If only to give the kids something else to make fun of.

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