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  • Powerpoint generation

    1. 1. Powerpoint GenerationAnselm HookJuly 17th 2011
    2. 2. Once in a generation...✤ a shift happens✤ so powerful, so subtle, so pervasive✤ that it becomes woven into our thoughts✤ into how we communicate, do business, socialize, share ideas✤ even how we dream
    3. 3. Yet in this case somethingbelittled...✤ talked of as shallow✤ as a trivialization of real thought✤ avoided by the true rhetorician and wordsmiths✤ mocked the academics of the world
    4. 4. The Gods say✤ Alas, slideware often reduces the analytical quality of presentations. In particular, the popular PowerPoint templates (ready-made designs) usually weaken verbal and spatial reasoning, and almost always corrupt statistical analysis. What is the problem with PowerPoint? And how can we improve our presentations?
    5. 5. Less kindly...✤ Power corrupts✤ Powerpoint corrupts absolutely✤ [ http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.09/ppt2.html ]
    6. 6. It is an art with life and deathstakes
    7. 7. The laughing stock of digital media
    8. 8. Hated by haters
    9. 9. Completely eschewed by some
    10. 10. Wherein lies its power?✤ Is it perhaps:✤ In small well framed ideas?✤ Planting a seed in somebody else’s brain?✤ Allowing their imagination to help unpack the origami of thought?✤ The twitter like terseness that forces one to be succinct?
    11. 11. Or is it...✤ The utility as a thinking tool itself?✤ Not merely as a presentation tool to share ideas✤ But to help oneself frame, organize and re-organize thought?
    12. 12. Every dog has its day✤ Bookmarks - Delicious✤ Photos - Flickr✤ Videos - YouTube✤ Whatever crazy idea is running through your head - Twitter✤ Powerpoints - Slideshare
    13. 13. What is the true test of a medium?✤ Can it do art?✤ Can it get you laid?✤ Can it change the world?✤ All of the above?
    14. 14. The Powerpoint Darknet✤ Scientists speculate that the Internet is mostly made up out of Powerpoint✤ Not searchable, only weakly interacting with the visible Internet.✤ Yet containing presentations on almost every imaginable topic.✤ To amuse, enlighten, teach.
    15. 15. It’s a crutch✤ (in the way that a pogo stick is a crutch)
    16. 16. It’s related to thinking tools
    17. 17. It’s a game✤ (In this case ‘Powerpoint Karaoke’)
    18. 18. It’s the native tongue of VC✤ Make powerpoint✤ Get funding✤ Riches!
    19. 19. There are even style mavens... Lessig is more
    20. 20. What’s our takeaway?✤ Should we all leap to our computers?✤ Reify our lives into tiny digestible slices?✤ Trade power-points currency like grown up Pokemon?✤ Koans that are inscrutable yet pregnant with meaning?✤ Or should we ignore the cultural zeitgeist and write long tomes that fully expurgate our demons like some kind of digital exorcist?

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