CNBC Trio Frame Fun Look at ‘Desktop Dining’

A saucy sociological trend piece in this weekend's New York Times Magazine.

First off, let’s give it up for this New York Times Magazine headline:


It was probably either that or, “Houston, We Have a Takeout Order.” Secondly, the slide show by Brian Finke showcased on the digital side of this Sunday Feb. 28 print edition feature by Oakland-based contributor Malian Wollan is equally playful. Employees from a number of different East Coast and West Coast firms, including three at CNBC’s Englewood Cliffs home base, playfully pose at their desktops with the lunch of their choice.

Finally, for good measure in the article, there’s a great pop culture reference. Greed may still be good, but as Wollan reminds, figuring out a restaurant gratuity is best left for that deadbeat loser at the desk next to yours:

In the 1987 movie Wall Street, Gordon Gekko famously remarks, ‘‘Lunch is for wimps.’’ It has proved to be a prescient line in the American workplace, where taking time off for lunch has increasingly become a sign of idleness. Breaking for a midday meal might have made more sense when laborers toiled with their bodies on tasks — building, planting, harvesting, manufacturing — that required rest and refueling. But in an economy where the standard task is sitting in front of a computer, lunch is less intuitive and far more optional.

The CNBC employees featured in the slide show are markets reporter Dominic Chu, digital video editor Steve Banton and staff writer Everett Rosenfeld. Chu actually gets two slides. And may we say that when it comes to number-of-monitors-on-desk bragging rights, few of us can approach the CNBC norm displayed here.

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