Monday, January 28th, 2013

Big—And Little–Changes at 'The New Republic,' Which Is a Magazine

In a dramatic move under new tiny millionaire owner Chris Hughes, The New Republic has redesigned its website to take a strong stand against em dashes. Simply everyone is talking about it: sometimes presented as two adjacent hyphens, sometimes replaced by a misused en dash, but always using a type treatment that shortens both em and en dashes, perhaps related to the use of double-justified text, this typography is both innovative and disruptive. As is its daringly large linespacing. Also they eliminated advertising.

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hershmire (#233,671)

The internet is really starting to suck with all these bloated websites.

pissy elliott (#397)

Is this the New New Aesthetic?

Smitros (#5,315)

Em-dash or GTFO. Mr. Hughes should be ashamed.

RonMwangaguhung (#3,697)

Just so long as we don't see glowing cover stories on Charles Murray's The Bell Curve anymore. That was my dealbreaker with the Peretz era TNR ..

joeclark (#651)

People who cannot typeset glass houses should not throw pi sorts.

my_piru (#13,158)

First Salon, then USA Today, then this. I hate these shitty app sites.

and thanks for not linking to them ;-)

SkinnyNerd (#224,784)

@my_piru Harper's had an equally horrendous site redesign some months ago. At least they did not butcher any punctuation marks.

Nick Douglas (#7,095)

I sincerely don't know what the fuck Slacktory would do without the em dash. Use semicolons like Little Lord Fauntleroy?

Also—and maybe this is really a sign of restraint—no one has coyly commented with em dashes yet. Fixed.

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