Brian Williams winked or smirked or just smiled knowingly toward the camera. He did something, I can’t remember exactly what, as he said those words during last night’s NBC Nightly News.
He had just finished a little news story about the rapidly vanishing necktie.
According to NBC—and I can’t find any statistics about this anywhere, not even on NBC’s website—nobody’s wearing neckties anymore. Williams reported that, according to the latest survey or poll or trade data, only six-percent of men wear a tie to work every day. Six-percent. The number hasn’t been that low in over 70-years (I’m not sure how they know that).
This new information comes on the heels of the necktie trade commission, or something like that, officially dissolving yesterday. Nobody’s wearing ties. So, nobody’s buying ties.
And the news only confirms what you and I were already noticing. We knew this already. Nobody wears ties anymore. And that’s fine. Who cares?
But here’s what’s weird: what was once, not that long ago, the absolute standard for professionals in every field from lawyers and doctors and bankers to TV salesmen and grocery store managers and teachers has now, not only become outdated, which I can live with, but an actual source of contempt for many. Lots and lots of people actually criticize those who wear ties simply because they’re wearing a tie. Goofy.
I still wear a tie. Sunday mornings. Weddings. Funerals. Graduations. Nice banquets. I still wear a tie. In fact, I can’t imagine not wearing a tie to those and many more occasions.
Indeed, we are a vanishing breed.