Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Nov 2017 08:47 UTC
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PowerPoint is so ingrained in modern life that the notion of it having a history at all may seem odd. But it does have a very definite lifetime as a commercial product that came onto the scene 30 years ago, in 1987. Remarkably, the founders of the Silicon Valley firm that created PowerPoint did not set out to make presentation software, let alone build a tool that would transform group communication throughout the world. Rather, PowerPoint was a recovery from dashed hopes that pulled a struggling startup back from the brink of failure - and succeeded beyond anything its creators could have imagined.

Fascinating story. I despise PowerPoint because PowerPoint presentations are difficult to translate (my actual job), but there's no denying it's used in meeting rooms all over the world - for better or worse.

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the name says it all
by brambi11a on Thu 2nd Nov 2017 11:56 UTC
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it is all about pushing an opinion down the throats of the audience.
If that is good or bad depends on the situation. As a teacher I must say that it does not encourage student involvement and discussions.
There are many cases where the presentation program paradigm is useful and advantageous regardless of if the actual presentation program is PowerPoint or one of it's many rivals.
Sadly it must be said, it is most universally applied as a tool for inducing coma like sleep in even the largest audience.

In my line of work it is far to often used as an alibi or proof, that the lesson has, indeed, been thoroughly prepared, and that everybody should be pleased, regardless if it really provided any understanding of anything at all.

Edited 2017-11-02 11:57 UTC

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