Critiques of PowerPoint are nothing new (see Ruth Marcus' “PowerPoint: Killer App?”). Microsoft's ubiquitous presentation software has been accused of not just putting thousands of us to sleep during conferences, but contributing to the Columbia shuttle disaster.
Today, in an article in the NYTimes, “We Have Met the Enemy, and He Is Powerpoint,” the U.S. military's obsession with PowerPoint is discussed, as well as the software's ability to “create the illusion of understanding and the illusion of control... [that] stifles discussion, critical thinking and thoughtful decision-making.”
Those of us in the business of public relations and social media measurement sometimes need all the help we can get to make sense of the data, and PowerPoint can come in handy. But does it sometimes make things too simple, forcing messy reality into a bullet-point format? --Bill Paarlberg, Editor, The Measurement Standard
Thanks to Pierre Igot at Betalogue for the image.