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The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint

From: Harvey Bingham <hbingham@acm.org>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 10:24:26 -0400
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An excellent putdown of PowerPoint slideshows, by Edward R. Tufte,


summarized as "Powerpoint Phluff."

Ed Tufte is a trenchant critiquer of how information is presented.His books
are excellent -- worth much serious study. Do you remember his "chart junk?"

"Powerpoint has a distinctive, definite, well-enforced, and widely-practiced
cognitive style that is contrary to serious thinking."

See for a prime PP putdown; Peter Norvig's:  "The Gettysburg Address" in PP


Some essons carry over to the W3C slide-maker.

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