How PowerPoint Makes You Stupid: The Faulty Causality, Sloppy Logic, Decontextualized Data, and Seductive Showmanship That Have Taken Over Our Thinking

How PowerPoint Makes You Stupid: The Faulty Causality, Sloppy Logic, Decontextualized Data, and Seductive Showmanship That Have Taken Over Our Thinking

Franck Frommer


With over 500 million clients world wide, Microsoft’s PowerPoint software program has turn into the ever-present instrument for almost all kinds of public presentation—in colleges, govt corporations, the army, and, in fact, places of work in every single place. during this revealing and powerfully argued booklet, writer Franck Frommer indicates us that PowerPoint’s celebrated ease and potency really masks a profoundly tense yet little-understood transformation in human communication.

Using interesting examples (including the main well-known PowerPoint presentation of all: Colin Powell’s indictment of Iraq earlier than the United Nations), Frommer systematically deconstructs the slides, bulleted lists, and flashy snap shots all of us now take with no consideration. He exhibits how PowerPoint has promoted a brand new, slippery “grammar,” the place defective causality, sloppy common sense, decontextualized facts, and seductive showmanship have changed the conventional instruments of persuasion and argument.

How PowerPoint Makes You Stupid features a interesting mini-history of PowerPoint’s emergence, in addition to a sobering and incredible account of its succeed in into the main unsuspecting nooks of labor, lifestyles, and schooling. For an individual concerned about the corruption of language, the dumbing-down of society, or the unchecked enlargement of “efficiency” in our tradition, here's a e-book that may turn into a rallying cry for turning the tide.

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