Certain cliched images and phrases decorate press coverage during every economic crisis: those jagged, downward-trending charts tracking the Dow, for instance, ad nauseum repetition of the phrase "jittery investors" -- and endless photographs of harried men (they're almost always men) standing or otherwise deployed on trading floors in states of angst or despair.
Sad Guys on Trading Floors is an insta-blog trying to capitalize -- or create a sort of art out of -- the latter trend. The brainchild of Jessica Hemerly, a research manager for media technology at the Institute for the Future, in Palo Alto, and Chris Riebschlager, a designer for a Kansas City, Missouri, advertising firm, it's your one-stop site for pictures of people on the front lines of the financial meltdown.
These are among the 34 images posted so far on Sad Guys today, October 8, alone. The site's motto: "Turning the economic crisis into one of those clever Internet memes."
Via BoingBoing, with thanks to Josh Glenn.
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