Left Outside

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.

***

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.

***

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.

***

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?
About these ads

Filed under: Blogging

6 Responses - Comments are closed.

  1. Aasdasdasd says:

    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. bellagerens says:

    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. Alex Hern says:

    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.

  4. Alex Hern says:

    Hm, my multiple spaces were shorn from that post. Ah well.

  5. Left aligned is better, dyslexics have a tough time of justified text, the irregular spacing of words makes it harder to read.

  6. [...] the news that people prefer it, and it makes it easier for dyslexics to read my blog, this blog will now be left aligned. I will [...]

When NGDP is Depressed, Employment is Depressed

RSS Subsciption

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 8,309 other followers

Increase NGDP, Put These People Back to Work

Follow me on twitter

October 2012
M T W T F S S
« Sep   Nov »
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031  

Archives

Politics Blogs

Testimonials

Paul Sagar

Left Outside is always worth a read for passionate, and frequently irreverent, analysis and comment.

Sunny Hundal

Oi! Enough of the cheek!

Chris Dillow

Left Outside is, I think, entirely wrong

John Band

This might be the least well informed piece I’ve read on LC, which is quite an accolade.

DEC Appeal

License

Creative Commons License
Left Outside by Left Outside is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.
Based on a work at leftoutside.wordpress.com.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://wp.me/PvyGQ-gt.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 8,309 other followers

%d bloggers like this: