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PowerPoint is a metaprogram,
one that organises and presents
stuff created in other applications.
Initially PowerPoint is limiting,
inflexible, and biased, like most
"using PowerPoint is fun and
relatively easy. The pleasurable
rewards come quickly and often.
Your amateur presentation looks
at least as good as any
PowerPoint's order and structure
give it the appearance of
rationality and scientific rigor.
This appearance is easy to
"Power corrupts and PowerPoint
PowerPoint has the potential to
make any content look like a
serious statement about
PowerPoint communicates within
certain limited parameters really
well and very easily. The genius
of it is that it was designed for
any idiot to use. You can learn it
in a few hours, and that's the
"PowerPoint is like a school play
- very loud, very slow, and very
Edward R. Tufte.
"It's very reductionist, there is a
crude linearity to the way the
program works. Unlike a book or
a Web site, you can't flip around
the pages. It's more like a
Nancy Halpern, a PowerPoint
specialist at the Strickland Group
Nelson Mandela did not use
PowerPoint to inspire people
open up a new document in PowerPoint
- give the presentation a title
Decide on its location....
- within the same folder as images
- within a folder with all presentations
- within the unit