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
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
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?
Less kindly...✤ Power corrupts✤ Powerpoint corrupts absolutely✤ [ http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.09/ppt2.html ]
It is an art with life and deathstakes
The laughing stock of digital media
Hated by haters
Completely eschewed by some
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?
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?
Every dog has its day✤ Bookmarks - Delicious✤ Photos - Flickr✤ Videos - YouTube✤ Whatever crazy idea is running through your head - Twitter✤ Powerpoints - Slideshare
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?
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.
It’s a crutch✤ (in the way that a pogo stick is a crutch)
It’s related to thinking tools
It’s a game✤ (In this case ‘Powerpoint Karaoke’)
It’s the native tongue of VC✤ Make powerpoint✤ Get funding✤ Riches!
There are even style mavens... Lessig is more
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?