PowerPoint (ThoughtStorms)

: and of course, some joker remixes it in power-points :-) http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/000931

As an artistic medium : http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.09/ppt1.html

More EdwardTufte criticism : http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.09/ppt2.html

More criticism : http://www.norvig.com/lancet.html

Wow! : Last year, three researchers at Arizona State University, including Robert Cialdini, a professor of psychology and the author of "Influence: Science and Practice," conducted an experiment in which they presented three groups of volunteers with information about Andrew, a fictional high-school student under consideration for a university football scholarship. One group was given Andrew's football statistics typed on a piece of paper. The second group was shown bar graphs. Those in the third group were given a PowerPoint presentation, in which animated bar graphs grew before their eyes.

*Given Andrew's record, what kind of prospect was he? According to Cialdini, when Andrew was PowerPointed, viewers saw him as a greater potential asset to the football team. The first group rated Andrew four and a half on a scale of one to seven; the second rated him five; and the PowerPoint group rated him six. PowerPoint gave him power. The experiment was repeated, with three groups of sports fans that were accustomed to digesting sports statistics; this time, the first two groups gave Andrew the same rating. But the group that saw the PowerPoint presentation still couldn't resist it. Again, Andrew got a six. PowerPoint seems to be a way for organizations to turn expensive, expert decision-makers into novice decision-makers. "It's frightening," Cialdini says. *

(my emphasis)

The politics of presentation software : http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/2006/05/22.html#a1452

And itegrated with wiki : http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/2006/05/23.html#a1453

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