I just looked through my archives at the old blog, and realized, to my astonishment, that I haven't whined about writing citations for OVER 2 YEARS! Since I complain to myself every single time I write a "Works Cited" list, I can't believe that I didn't share the misery with the internet.
Did you know that the Modern Language Association has REVISED its guidelines on citations? No, I didn't either until today, when our instructor helpfully pointed it out, one day before our paper is due. So now I need to finish writing the paper and THEN familiarize myself with the new and better-be-improved citation style.
OK, I've just reviewed the new citation style, and perhaps I'm overreacting, as the changes appear to be minimal. There are two points to make here, however: one, that I wouldn't be me if I didn't hyperventilate over every little thing that goes wrong; and two, WHY, MLA?
The old way was FINE. I'd become accustomed to the old way, and was able, for the most part, to correctly write my citations without referring to the Bedford Guide. That's not to say that I LIKED writing citations, but really, is it necessary to change in any way a system that appeared to be working very well? Has not the Modern Language Association ever considered the scholarly wisdom of the "if it ain't broke" theory? I blame Steve Jobs and Bill Gates for this. Note to MLA: the idea of the new release doesn't necessarily apply to every endeavor. If it doesn't contain a silicon chip, then 1.0 will probably do the job for the next 50 years. Meanwhile, I have a paper to write. I don't have time to be your beta tester.