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>> But having said that: The offending diagram in the
>> first article isn't actually an indictment of PowerPoint.
Exactly. It is a silly, confused article. The reporter had little
knowledge of the subject matter, and appeared not to know a system
dynamics diagram from a set of bullet points.
And while I am a great admirer of Professor Tufte's other work, I think he
gets it wrong on Powerpoint too.
PowerPoint is a bloody graphics program, fer pete's sake. A set of bullet
points is not a fully developed analysis or strategy or thesis. At best,
it's a convenient outline or summary for people who know the difference.
It doesn't make people dumb. They have to start out that way.
Nor is is a program for professional-quality technical graphics. It's
slideshows for the masses, a few notches up from those blotchy, illegible
b&w transparencies that my college professors used to throw at us.
I reckon anyone who thinks the problem is the tool rather than the user is
off the mark.
A newspaper article can be just as "dumb" as a slide show, but we read the