Monday, March 31, 2014

Against updates and revisions

First Things, the CRB, and my precious Online Library of Liberty - all recently redesigned for the worse. First Things paywalled all their articles and now has fewer words on the front page than apps for pre-literate toddlers have in their entire interface, the CRB's articles resemble those biographical blurbs that CEOs and corporate lawyers feature on their company websites, and the OLL texts are no longer keyword-searchable - the greatest disaster of all. In case you ever needed decisive evidence that progress is an illusion, here it is.

I only discovered the CRB uglification because I'd been waiting for them to unlock Helen Rittelmeyer's witty African literature essay so I could link it. Now, here it is. In corporate bio form, with a lively and relevant graphic borrowed from the company letterhead, and the extremely enticing tab title: "CRB Article." Let's hope this is just an unfortunate transitional phase in the redesign. In the meantime, enjoy this digital magazine equivalent of Dimly Lit Meals for One.

(Incidentally, this is how my small-time college magazine has dealt with the contradictions of digital print: The Midway Review. Whimsy and relatively navigable readability, no Arial font.)

UPDATE: False alarm; OLL search option returns!
UPDATE II: Ugh, forget it. The CRB has, on top of its other crimes, paywalled its articles.


Jennie said...

I nearly had a heart attack when I read that OLL had removed the search function ... how in the world was I going to redo the citations for those super-obscure Mill essays for the dissertation? Glad to hear it's back.

Miss Self-Important said...

Yes, I had similar panic about Locke's Collected Works. Assuaged. Thanks libertarians!