After a very long week of school district meetings, with miles of PowerPoint presentations, I always find it refreshing to take a look at Garr Reynolds
' Presentation Zen weblog
. This week Reynolds has two great posts that kind of hit home with me. In the first, PowerPointification of military briefings
, he points to an interview with Thomas Ricks, author of the book, Fiasco
. Ricks discusses the use/abuse of PowerPoint as a briefing tool and how print outs of PowerPoint slides have started to be used instead of printed documentation, or in this case instead of documented orders.
In the other post, Cleaning up our act, he points out the extreme use of visuals and graphics by cable news channels. He also points to a pretty funny bit by Louis Black discussing the news crawler that shows up along the bottom of the screen during cable new shows.
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