Headline: "We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint"
Great article in today's NY Times about the military's problem with Powerpoint. Besides wasting lots of time and therefore money by relegating junior officers--called Power Point Rangers-- to spending most of their time making up the programs. The use of PowerPoint "stifles discussion, critical thinking and thoughtful decision making."
"Some problems in the world are not bullet-izable," said one General who banned power point presentations. A Marine General said, "Power point makes us stupid." The bulleted points are referred to as "Dumb-Dumb Bullets."
Still "death by PowerPoint seems here to stay," used to describe the numbing sensations that go with a 30-minute slide presentation. Of the 30 minute presentations to the media last 24 minutes with five minutes for questions. Those sessions are called "hypnotizing chickens."
General McCrystal, in charge of the forces in Afghanistan, gets two PowerPoint presentations per day, plus three more during the week! We're in trouble folks.
Higher ed folks, are you listening?