has been recently identified as playing a part in high unemployment, Switzerland's Anti PowerPoint Party
believes the country loses approximately 2.1 billion Swiss Francs (2.5 billion $USD) through the use of PowerPoint. If they can obtain the signatures of 100,000 voters as needed under Swiss law the group can call for a national referendum to ban the use of PowerPoint and other presentation software throughout Switzerland. Edward Tufte (and others
) also had a problem
posted by wallstreet1929
on Jul 6, 2011 -
Steal This Presentation.
"Right now someone is out there dying from a boring presentation. Hopefully, it's not yours." A crash course in getting the fugly out of your slides.
posted by storybored
on Sep 30, 2010 -
"It's quite frustrating the way this works, but the way we do things nowadays is combatant commanders brief their products in PowerPoint up in Washington to OSD and Secretary of Defense... In lieu of an order, or a frag [fragmentary] order, or plan, you get a set of PowerPoint slides... [T]hat is frustrating, because nobody wants to plan against PowerPoint slides."
Lt. Gen. McKiernanTop Secret Polo Step
: CentCom PowerPoint Slides Briefed to White House and Rumsfeld in 2002, Obtained by National Security Archive through Freedom of Information Act.
"Desert Crossing" 1999 Assumed
400,000 Troops and Still a Mess
See also A Prewar Slide Show Cast Iraq in Rosy Hues
posted by y2karl
on Feb 15, 2007 -
The Great War on Terror shall be won with Powerpoint.
[Army Lt. General David] McKiernan had another, smaller but nagging issue: He couldn't get Franks to issue clear orders that stated explicitly what he wanted done, how he wanted to do it, and why. Rather, Franks passed along PowerPoint briefing slides that he had shown to Rumsfeld: "It's quite frustrating the way this works, but the way we do things nowadays is combatant commanders brief their products in PowerPoint up in Washington to OSD and Secretary of Defense…In lieu of an order, or a frag [fragmentary order], or plan, you get a bunch of PowerPoint slides…[T]hat is frustrating, because nobody wants to plan [img] against PowerPoint slides."
(Here's briefing standards *.ppt
, and some earlier governmental [pdf]
uses of PowerPoint [Cryptome
, along with one from ABCNEWS making the case against Iran
.) Also, here are previously related MeFi PowerPoint threads on the Downing Street Memos
and the Columbia disaster
posted by rzklkng
on Aug 17, 2006 -
A History of Concealment and Deception
With an hour-long slide show [PDF, 2.4MB] that blends satellite imagery with disquieting assumptions about Iran's nuclear energy program, Bush administration officials have been trying to convince allies that Tehran is on a fast track toward nuclear weapons.[more inside]
posted by kirkaracha
on Sep 15, 2005 -
PowerPoint makes you dumb.
This is something I've suspected for a long time. It's been reported in the NY Times, so it must
be true. I will now blame every stupid thing I've said or done in the last three years on Microsoft.
posted by Loudmax
on Dec 15, 2003 -
Marketing, meet Marketing.
An Austin Powers-themed PowerPoint template (bottom of the page). The mind boggles. Something tells me the pitch for this was made with PowerPoint.
posted by shecky57
on Jul 26, 2002 -
If Karl Rove
is allowed to use PowerPoint, the terrorists will have won. It's amazing that this master operative is using the same cheesy graphics, poor font choices, and cliched business terms ("synergies") as your boss, but it's true--when his intern dropped a disk with this thing on it, it got into the hands of Roll Call.
Note especially slide 21 and slide 26--apparently Florida is a "Special Concern"
Via the NY Observer's Joe Conason
posted by lackutrol
on Jun 20, 2002 -
Powerpoint invades the NFL:
"The way they do it with the PowerPoint, it livens up meetings and makes them more interesting". Imagine the sideline hijinks when all the plays disappear because of SirCam! What kind of coach would Vince Lombardi be if he had a setup like this
? I still miss the glow puck
from hockey, but I could do without the "virtual billboards"
all over the darn field. Should computers and sport mix?
posted by owillis
on Oct 24, 2001 -