LATELY — 18 April 2006

Newsweek

Lufthansa gave me a copy of Newsweek recently, and it was no good.

First of all, I don’t like the first-line caps–it leads to really awkward breaks:

GM CHIEF DE­SIGNER ED Welburn sweeps into his…

Or even worse:

HOME TO ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE COL- lec­tions of marine life in the world, the Coral Triangle…

Perhaps this re­flects my per­sonal (web-shaped?) ty­po­graphic aesthetic, but there’s styl­is­tic slop­pi­ness too. For example, you quite fre­quently get things like: “Sure, the vast ma­jor­ity of [European] workers already rely on their mobiles for every­thing from lis­ten­ing to music, to taking pictures, to watch­ing pictures, to blogging.” They rely on their mobile phones? For blogging? Way to weaken a piece with lame-ass rhetor­i­cal exaggeration…

(Decent piece on the founders of the USA, and how they viewed religion.)