Good Blast at Powerpoint

I see a lot of Powerpoint and I do not think it has benefited my field, physics. When I was giving the important talks almost 20 years ago, they were on transparencies and each one held a single graph or diagram. They were large graphs which showed a lot of detail. I could spend a significant amount  of time explaining each one.  Now you get three microscopic graphs next to a list of bullets and you are supposed to understand it.

I read this blast today from Fred Clark:

This is the ideal technology for this task because, as Edward Miller notes, “PowerPoint … can give the illusion of coherence and content when there really isn’t very much coherence or content.” This is, for many PowerPoint enthusiasts, a feature, not a bug. The illusion of coherence and content is precisely why PP is the preferred technology in corporate America and among Bible prophecy “experts” (and why it was used almost exclusively in Donald Rumsfeld’s Pentagon).

I will never be a PowerPoint enthusiast.

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2 Responses to “Good Blast at Powerpoint”

  1. PowerPoint is filled with bullets. The effect of bullets on the brain is usually deleterious.

  2. I think powerpoint does give the illusion of substance because it all looks so nice. If a book were neatly bound with really nice, quality pages and a good cover, you’d subconsciously think, “I want to read this.” Same principle with powerpoint, i think.

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