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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.”


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