We continue with our next installment of Upstanding Citizen, a riveting series about people who don't take life sitting down. Upstanding Citizen #2 is James Murdoch, presumed heir to News Corporation, who uses a standing desk:
"That James works from a standing desk in his office in London — sitting is less efficient in getting work done — adds to the image of him as a tightly wound executive, as do his black belt in karate and his hobby of competitive cycling."
Tightly wound or active and alpha? They don't call them executive desks for nothing. (But here's the question: Does the executive make the desk or does the desk make the executive?)
It gets better, this time from an interview in Intelligent Life:
"He is more animated when talking about technology. “I’ve got this great high-definition video link, right?” he tells me excitedly. “It sits [in his Wapping office], and with one push of the button—well it’s two—I get a list of people, and push the person, and they come right up!” To me, the most interesting thing about this gizmo is that it’s fixed to his office wall at head height. Just above his desk, which is at chest height. “I’m a big believer in standing up. I told some of the team at News International the other day that I thought they should get rid of their chairs. They weren’t very happy. It was very funny. They didn’t know whether to take me seriously.”
All this standing sounds, well, rather tiring. Oh no, he counters, “because, think about it, you sit down when you go home, then you lie down. So you could stand up and walk around for the day.” Which is clearly what he tries to do, much of it on the phone. He must have a lot of stamina. And very comfy shoes (although a glance under his chair doesn’t fill me with hope for his feet: the shoes are shiny, black and pointy). Still, it’s hard to picture even the hardiest soul reading or writing more than a few paragraphs in one go at a standing desk."
For suggesting, with a straight face, that everyone get rid of their chairs, you, James Murdoch, are an UPSTANDING CITIZEN.
If you don't take life sitting down, snap an interesting photo that captures you exercising your bipedal birthright, ideally with you in it, and send it in to firstname.lastname@example.org. I've already received a bunch.