Saturday, July 08, 2006

Power Point: Too Often a Misnomer

If there's one thing every English teacher emphasizes other than good grammar, it is that sounding out the details of an outline -- AS an outline -- will put just about anybody to sleep.

So why, all these years later, do business people focus meetings around reading off Power Point slides? Did nobody go to high school?

Identifying the Unique Qualities of A Medium

With a theater background, I started working on the Web because I didn't understand why professionals in 1990s (yes, late adopter, me) were not taking advantage of its value as a performance and interactive medium.

From a theater perspective, it's a lot like putting talking heads onstage with no movment or change -- why not just turn on a television?

On the Other Hand

Power Point can be used creatively and with excellent performance value. For those who want an excellent example, please check out this one on Identity 2.0.

Nancy White points out that Dick Hart's style seems a lot like that of Lawrence Lessig's and that it could old very quickly. Still, it's a good example of ways in which the unique properties of power point should be developed if presentations are going to continue to rely on the medium.

How effective could a speaker be if (s)he continued to find approaches not yet considered?

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