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The Powerpoint Mess

- April 27, 2010

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I don’t have time as I need to prepare my own slides for a lecture but here’s an open invitation to comment on this mess. I may use this the next time one of my policy students complains that political scientists oversimplify things. We know that the world is a complex place, which is precisely why it is so uninformative to create an image that essentially just communicates that (and only that). The accompanying NYT article is actually more about the evils of bullet points. Nobody defends Powerpoint and nobody thinks it is going anywhere. I wonder whether people are being nostalgic for something that never existed: the idea that the average meeting/presentation was once both interesting and informative.

ps. Lee had a characteristically great post on powerpoint a while back with lots of good links and comments.