Since getting out of the Army, I have noticed that I have definitely become more cynical. Good for criticism, but sometimes I think I’m becoming curmudgeonly, too.
So, I had to recently write up a simple little paper using MLA format. In my grad school, I had used footnotes for citations, and the system generally made sense. There are some things in MLA for using footnotes, but the requirement for this paper was to use parenthetical referencing.
Parenthetical referencing interrupts the flow of the narrative, and it’s actually less complete than what I can comfortably include in a footnote. Not even to mention citing references used in tables and graphs.
And, the double-spacing requirement of MLA is stupid. Why am I double-spacing? I’m not writing a high-school paper where the teacher is going to go through and correct all my grammar mistakes and needs the room.