Submitted By: Celer Tambre
“This is called The Basketball Steeple for the simple reason that it looks like the speaker is holding an invisible basketball between his/her hands. I guess it is the ‘argument gesture’ of modern politicians, but instead of a logical conclusion the invisible basketball embodies likable and ‘strong’ feelings. This may be so because modern politics is concerned with emotional persuasion rather than convincing argumentation.
And there is also the matter of timing. Pulling out a basketball and holding it for no apparent reason makes it look awkward. The basketball steeple is categorized as a form of illustrator, which means that it should visually demonstrate some aspect of verbal content, to flow with it and give it emphasis. Just like the argument gesture, you can’t just wave it around whenever you feel like it. It’s too bad I don’t have any video material of it being abused, but considering its popularity there are surely many examples like the Lithuanian one out there.”
The Basketball Steeple appears to be something that politicians from any party or ideology can agree on. Thanks again Celer!