Both Jason and Drew write about a NYTimes story yesterday about the scourge known as PowerPoint. I’m rather agnostic about the program overall. It can do an adequate job at conveying basic concepts in the hands of the average user and much more in the hands of a competent one but I do think Tufte has some interesting things to say about the boundaries and limitations the program can impose upon the presentation of information.
The poster child for the story was this presentation (that I blogged about here) which is unfortunate because I actually thought it was pretty good if you viewed the entire presentation. If you were to do that you’d see how you get to that spaghetti monster at the end rather that just trying to untangle the whole mess.