Tom Martin emails me:
"Might be my aging brain hallucinating again, but I would swear that the average right-leaning publication has fairly ugly graphics and the average left-leaning publication is ‘nicely/artfully’ designed.
• National Review: consistently ugly covers
• Bryan Caplan’s new book: not a cover of beauty
• The New American: ugly
• Reason: getting better, but from an ugly past just 5 years ago
• The American Spectator: goofy?
• New Yorker
• New York Times
Maybe my tastes are just left wing, despite my politics, but I sense there is something deeper here."
TC again: Agree? If so, what is the best theory of this? I don't think it is educational polarization alone, as the readers of say National Review, or for that matter MR, are going to be pretty highly educated. Nor do I think it is about budget per se, though that is likely one factor.