In the process of installing and setting everything up on my new computer, I see that today’s top post on the WordPress blogs is "Death by Powerpoint" on a blog called "Angry 365 days of the year" (whose author, inevitably, is called Mr Angry). I am not sure why everyone has it in for PP, and still am not after reading Mr Angry’s post and many similar. Be that as it may, here is an extract:
"You get over 7 million hits on Google for Death by PowerPoint but my favourite online resource for showing the horrible potential of PowerPoint to destroy a presentation was done by Peter Norvig. He has constructed a PowerPoint version of one of the most famous speeches in modern history, Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. This devilspawn software effortlessly reduces one of the most powerful pieces of oratory ever into meaningless drivel with dot points and charts. Much like every business presentation I’ve ever seen. Apart from the fact the presentations in question were probably never going to be great oratory in the first place."
The PP Gettysburg sounds intriguing. Maybe I’ll go and look at it one of these days, but I’m still entranced at setting up my pristine, few-hours’-old computer. If you do go there, please drop a line in the comments to say whether it is worth a visit.
Here is a direct link to the Gettysburg PowerPoint Presentation, in case the pasted-in link above does not work.