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August 29, 2003

This meme is on the way out, but I thought a follow-up was in order. Back in May, I wrote about PowerPoint and referenced Edward Tufte's essay The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint. Wired recently published an excerpt from the essay with the less brainy title 'PowerPoint is Evil':

At a minimum, a presentation format should do no harm. Yet the PowerPoint style routinely disrupts, dominates, and trivializes content. Thus PowerPoint presentations too often resemble a school play -very loud, very slow, and very simple.

The practical conclusions are clear. PowerPoint is a competent slide manager and projector. But rather than supplementing a presentation, it has become a substitute for it. Such misuse ignores the most important rule of speaking: Respect your audience.


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