Senior officers say the program [PowerPoint] 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.”
Cheerful by nature, he is eager to please and eager to explain. Petraeus is a world-class explainer. There is scarcely a soldier who has served with him who has not, in the general’s own words, “been PowerPointed to within an inch of his life.” His presentations are masterworks of explication that aspire to the level of art. They reflect his deep understanding of—indeed, his love for—the byzantine machinery of America’s military-industrial complex.
Malor: Just because you can't instantly look at it and understand it doesn't make it a bad graphic. You can't instantly look at the war and understand it either. If the slide was easy to grasp, it wouldn't be doing its job.
Actually, I'm glad I have a chance here to state for the record that it's absolutely ridiculous that anyone would blame a piece of software (or even make that piece of software the symbol) for ineptitude and waste in the military. You can write ANYTHING on a PP slide. Anything at all. Whose fault is it that the stuff the slides say is inane?
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