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Grist: More Power Than Point

Articles bashing PowerPoint are showing up everywhere…here’s another: Grist: More Power Than Point – “It’s probably closer to the truth to see PowerPoint as the symptom of a deeper disease, a syndrome marked by a shortage of reflection and insufficient critical thinking.”

2 Comments

  1. Denham wrote:

    The malaise with ppt is lack of context – it is the shared commentary and the feedback behind the bullet points that provide real value.

    Saturday, August 23, 2003 at 10:45 pm | Permalink
  2. Jonathan wrote:

    One of the troubles with Powerpoint (and thank goodness hostility towards it is growing) is that it can present every bullet-point as if it were the tagline of a blockbuster movie, regardless of how important, true or interesting the content is. Thus, I was recently subjected to this (with point-by-point dissolves and sound-effects)

    Speaker:So why are we here today?
    [REVEALS BULLET POINT]
    Why are we here
    Speaker: We’re here because we haven’t met in a long time
    [REVEALS BULLET POINT]
    No meeting for long time
    …and it’s important to let you know how things are developing with the company’s financial position.
    [REVEALS BULLET POINT]
    Important to communicate information about finances
    …and because we wanted to have the opportunity to hear your feedback too
    [REVEALS BULLET POINT]
    Importance of feedback

    …and so on for another hour and a half. People just didn’t do this before Powerpoint. It’s got to stop!

    Monday, August 25, 2003 at 12:22 pm | Permalink