Musings of a Badger

“PowerPoint makes us stupid”

Posted in Musings by musingsofabadger on May 9, 2010

Its official! “PowerPoint makes us stupid” says Gen. James N. Matti in this article in the New York Times

The pic above – a PowerPoint diagram meant to portray the complexity of American strategy in Afghanistan certainly succeeded in that aim.   My favourite bit of the article is at the end:

Senior officers say the program does come in handy when the goal is not imparting information, as in briefings for reporters.

The news media sessions often last 25 minutes, with 5 minutes left at the end for questions from anyone still awake. Those types of PowerPoint presentations, Dr. Hammes said, are known as “hypnotizing chickens.”


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