One Space; The Final Frontier

I was told that the new norm

in writing is one space after punctuation.

 

Why?

 

Is it to save some trees?

Is it for less wear and tear on the space bar?

Is it because we no longer have time to breathe between sentences?

 

The sentences are getting shorter too,

to accommodate our attention spans.

No more Dickensonian paragraph long first lines.

 

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times…”

Was it? Is it?

 

Comma usage is down too.

The little dimples that break in two

long attached words like a kit-kat bar.

 

Are we projecting the cultures

A.D.D. tendencies to the page?

What page?

The screen glows and our faces become light blue.

 

I will not go into the rant about cursive no longer being taught.

 

I will not keyboard my way out of number two pencils.

 

I wonder what Wendell Berry thinks about this?

 

Don’t get me wrong, I love trees.

My mother’s ashes are buried underneath a majestic sycamore.

I love the sound of pages turning.

 

My wife might get me a Kindle for my birthday.

 

I wrote this in poetic form so I wouldn’t be tempted to double space between punctuation.

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11 thoughts on “One Space; The Final Frontier

  1. My brain is programmed to put two spaces after a period. I learned this a long time ago on a manual typewriter. I think a page looks neater without everything all scrunched together. Did this one space thing start when texting started because of limited character space? It is so hard to retrain my fingers.

  2. ha…i am glad curvise is gone…i have always been a print man…single space, eh i dont care…i always jack up punctuation thought…unless i really need it…smiles…

  3. It’s true! Styles, they are a’changing. I work with it every day at the magazine. But take heart. A new generation is coming, one more word-loving than we can fathom.

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