Well, then, why is it so popular?
--On Thursday, November 20, 2003 9:37 AM -0400 Russ Hunt <[log in to unmask]>
> But I think it's interesting that Jamie posted this to us
> Chatelaines, because it seems to me that at the root of Tufte's
> objections is a rhetorical one. It's not only about denuding
> complex ideas of their richness; it's not only about abandoning
> the connectives and subordinators that make discourse into
> thinking; it's about your relation to your audience. PPt is
> unremittingly monologic. The speaker's plan is the speaker's
> plan, interrupt it at your peril. The _Wired_ piece concludes
> with this: "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." It's no
> mistake that it's called POWER point, eh?
Surely it can't be because speakers intend to disrespect their audiences,
denude complex ideas of their richness, and abandon the connections among
ideas . . .
This is a serious question. The denunciations of powerpoint that I have
seen are amazingly vituperative, yet it's darned near ubiquitous. (Can't
just be that it's a M$ product; you don't find the same thing with Access,
say.) Obviously the program meets a need. What is it?
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