Feb. 8, 2007, on this blog: Who’s the kid?
My problem here is with the photos. Specifically, it’s with the captions for those photos: The top photo here pictures two people, the bottom one pictures nine. But only two of these 11 people are identified by name.
The copy editors did their best to write around the missing information, and the paper’s diligent online copy editor (ahem) tried to mitigate the problem by inserting “(right, …)” and “(center, …)” to clarify which person in each photo is the one named in the caption. That may not seem to matter much, since readers of the print edition, in which those parenthetical identifiers are absent, probably won’t be confused as to whom the captions refer. Those readers have seen hundred of photos like this and they’re accustomed to the American convention of only regarding white people from the first world as worthy of identification.