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Sliding into oblivion

Via Technollama and Sound and Fury, I learn of the following Mark Gertz commentary on PowerPoint:

Anti-PowerPoint wallpaper by Mark Goetz via his site

Image: Along the top, a presenter using PowerPoint to an unenthused audience.
Caption: Every time you make a PowerPoint, Edward Tufte kills a kitten.

And this image reminds me of Dilbert‘s perspective:

Dilbert on PowerPoint Poisoning, via the Dilbert site

First panel: Dilbert says: As you can clearly see in slide 397 …
Second panel: Two audience members are asleep, a third screams: “GAAAAH!” and collapses.
Third panel: The collapse is explained as “Powerpoint poisoning”.

My favourite example of powerpoint poisoning is provided by the Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation; here’s the Review of Key Objectives & Critical Success Factors:

slide from Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation

Image: Over-fussy PowerPoint slide, headed: Review of Key Objectives & Critical Success Factors

First bullet: What makes nation unique:
– Conceived in Liberty
– Men are equal

Second bullet: Shared vision:
– New birth of freedom
– Gov’t of/for/by the people

I also rather like Alex Gregory’s PowerPoint cartoon for The New Yorker (via Call me Cassandra’s Death by PowerPoint series):

Alex Gregory on PowerPoint via Call me Cassandra

Image: Satan sitting behind a big desk, opposite a junior devil
Caption: Satan says: I need someone well versed in the art of torture – do you know PowerPoint?

It all amounts to death by powerpoint presentation:

Death by PowerPoint Presentation by Frits Ahlefeldt via toonpool.com

Image: Hooded executioner sitting at a desk, pointing to a PowerPoint slide hanging from a gallows; the victim sits on a stool looking at the slide.

10 Responses to “Sliding into oblivion”

  1. Conor Houghton says:

    Eoin, you might find Mark’s Ignite talk on powerpoint amusing: http://bit.ly/MarkConguista_ID3

  2. Johnny Ryan says:

    See Guy Kawasaki http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2006/06/the_art_of_the_.html – the ultimate power point should not be duff presentation.

  3. […] way of update on Sliding into Oblivion and Ten Copyright Myths, and in the week when the Pentagon has come to believe that PowerPoint is […]

  4. Maxim says:

    Yeah, I agree with you… Powerpoint could be pain in the arse

  5. Mike says:

    Power Point! I with you all the way – that is a living

  6. Bart says:

    Power Point is a breeze! Try Dreamweaver if you want real

  7. hannah says:

    it isn’t power point. it’s the presenter.

  8. […] how to use it”. But so many people fail to learn how to use it that I have no doubt that my antipathy will […]

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