Justified or left aligned?

WHICH is better for you? A question for non-RSS folk.

Left aligned or justified text. I’m conflicted. I like justified text because it is neat, and makes the blog look tidy. But left aligned is supposed to be easier to read, but I’m not sure that is true with margins as narrow as the ones I use. Also, what do you think of starting each text with a word in capitals. And how do you like pictures at the top of posts, pretty or distracting? Here are some example paragraphs to help you decide from an old post of mine I still really like.

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As I have argued elsewhere, although Nuclear Weapons are expensive they are not extraordinarily expensive when compared to maintaining one of the largest armies in the world. Moreover, a Nuclear Weapon is better than an army because it offers a more total, threatening and terrifying deterrent than any conventional military.

By gaining Nuclear Weapons a state like North Korea can reduce the army required for the first and second purpose mentioned, threatening outsiders and paranoia, while both increasing its ability to fulfil these two purposes and increasing the ability of the Military to suppress the domestic population.

Gaining Nuclear Weapons is without doubt a terrible thing for the people of Korea. However, there may be a positive side to this: a Nuclear Peace. This refers to a situation formulated by Kenneth Waltz whereby the existence of Nuclear Weapons and the possibility of the damage they will do deter all actors from engaging in behaviour which could lead to war, similar to the Cold War though on a smaller scale. North Korea gaining a Nuclear Weapon may make North-East Asia more peaceful.

This may be what Kim Jong-il is hoping for. His aim may be to scare everyone enough to leave him alone to torture his own people. This may be the logic that is drawing Kim Jong-il down such an apparently dangerous path.

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As I have argued elsewhere, although Nuclear Weapons are expensive they are not extraordinarily expensive when compared to maintaining one of the largest armies in the world. Moreover, a Nuclear Weapon is better than an army because it offers a more total, threatening and terrifying deterrent than any conventional military.

By gaining Nuclear Weapons a state like North Korea can reduce the army required for the first and second purpose mentioned, threatening outsiders and paranoia, while both increasing its ability to fulfil these two purposes and increasing the ability of the Military to suppress the domestic population.

Gaining Nuclear Weapons is without doubt a terrible thing for the people of Korea. However, there may be a positive side to this: a Nuclear Peace. This refers to a situation formulated by Kenneth Waltz whereby the existence of Nuclear Weapons and the possibility of the damage they will do deter all actors from engaging in behaviour which could lead to war, similar to the Cold War though on a smaller scale. North Korea gaining a Nuclear Weapon may make North-East Asia more peaceful.

This may be what Kim Jong-il is hoping for. His aim may be to scare everyone enough to leave him alone to torture his own people. This may be the logic that is drawing Kim Jong-il down such an apparently dangerous path.

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What do you think? Three questions readers, if you’re still out there…

  1. Justified versus left aligned?
  2. CAPITALS to start posts?
  3. Pictures as headers?
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6 thoughts on “Justified or left aligned?

  1. 1. Justified: looks way neater, I find as easy to read.
    2. Just no. WHY WOULD YOU SHOUT AT ME?
    3. Yes, what’s the deal with fair use? Can you use any photo? Or do you need permissions?

    Oh and how come the posts berating King and the MPC for destroying our economy have slowed? What gives? Short term inf expectations are lower than they ever have been. Yet when Merv is interviewed by Flanders, she doesn’t even do the basic public service of pointing out his utter ineptitude.

  2. Left aligned is better web practice. Also, your text alignment affects the RSS feed as well, so those reading your RSS (like me) on wider page areas will find justified a little more difficult on the eyes.

  3. Personal rule-of-thumb: If you aren’t going to self-hyphenate your work, don’t ever use justified text. The chance of it looking like this is just too high.

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