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Airing of Grievances: Presentations sans Sans, please

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The weight of living can often feel heavy as we carry with us the stress of the major issues that plague society today, from social concerns to environmental disasters. Many of these important societal problems are not things we face day to day, but broader global issues, while others regularly confront us in our daily lives. Recently, I faced one such example. Last week, while sitting in class, staring at the projection screen as my teacher lectured, I noticed something horrific. Yesterday, I witnessed it again. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. Those suspiciously round edges, that thicc stroke weight – I shuddered. There it was, plastered unabashedly across the page, the “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named” of fonts: Comic Sans.

I am sure there are people out there toting the idea that “All Fonts Are Created Equal,” and don’t get me wrong, I completely agree with that sentiment. But each font has its rightful place and should never, ever, be thrown into class presentations on a whim by plebes who don’t even know the difference between serif and sans serif.

Again, I fully appreciate each font choice and everything it offers. In some alternate universe far, far away, I am sure that Wingdings has a purpose. Though highly debated, I will even give Papyrus a pass on the Avatar logo. But Comic Sans should only be used in Kindergarten classrooms and memes about cute doggos. Period. Certainly not as the header for depicting hippocampal shrinkage and the neurological effects of aging, and DEFINITELY not in a powerpoint describing the structure of the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program. Microsoft has defaults for a reason, people!

If we are to prevent this tragedy from happening again, we must start now, and we must act with a purpose. Casual Comic Sans usage is offensive and inexcusable. We must stand up, speak loudly, and make a Twitter hashtag so those who care but don’t truly want to do anything can pretend they are making an effort. So type it with me, #StopProfessorsFromUsingComicSans2k18!

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Airing of Grievances: Presentations sans Sans, please