Big Things Come in Small Packages


I’ve been saying for a long time that the radcons in the Bush Admin are determined to march us back into the past. A recent item in Slate gives us a small example of just how far that “Back to the Future” mindset has penetrated.

[A]s of Feb 1, the {State Dept is] ditching Courier New 12 as its official font-in-residence and taking up with Times New Roman 14. Courier 12 had been put to pasture after several decades of honorable service, like an aging, elegant diplomat whose crisp, cream-colored linen suit and genteel demeanor now seem winningly old-fashioned. Times New Roman 14, as the State Department put it, “takes up almost exactly the same area on the page as Courier New 12, while offering a crisper, cleaner, more modern look.”

“More modern”? Um, not quite. Courier was invented in the mid-50’s. Times New Roman was developed in the mid-30’s at the height of the Depression. Somehow it figures, don’t it?

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