There’s a long running chicken and egg argument about the use of technology. This debate surfaces in courts, colleges, companies, congressional committees, and cultural conclaves. The question comes down to this: if a technology enables abuse, is the technology responsible for that abuse? With PowerPoint, it’s hard to say.PowerPoint is just one of many technologies caught in the swirl of this discussion; Napster, Grokster, and BitTorrent come to mind and firearms remain a rabbit hole of endless debate. Returning the topic at hand: Edward Tufte’s claim that PowerPoint corrupts may have legs. But how to test it? Were bad presentations a scarce commodity pre-PowerPoint? Hardly, but consider how one legendarily successful presentation might be rendered in PowerPoint.
The point here of course is that framework of PowerPoint can shackle us into sucking the life from even the most dynamic material. The latest pundit to take this on is Jared Sandberg of the Wall Street Journal who’s compiled some instructive tips that will help anyone slaving over their slide deck.
That’s up to you.