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

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The New Press, 2012 - Business & Economics - 262 pages
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With over 500 million users worldwide, Microsoft’s PowerPoint software has become the ubiquitous tool for nearly all forms of public presentation—in schools, government agencies, the military, and, of course, offices everywhere. In this revealing and powerfully argued book, author Franck Frommer shows us that PowerPoint’s celebrated ease and efficiency actually mask a profoundly disturbing but little-understood transformation in human communication.

Using fascinating examples (including the most famous PowerPoint presentation of all: Colin Powell’s indictment of Iraq before the United Nations), Frommer systematically deconstructs the slides, bulleted lists, and flashy graphics we all now take for granted. He shows how PowerPoint has promoted a new, slippery “grammar,” where faulty causality, sloppy logic, decontextualized data, and seductive showmanship have replaced the traditional tools of persuasion and argument.

How PowerPoint Makes You Stupid includes a fascinating mini-history of PowerPoint’s emergence, as well as a sobering and surprising account of its reach into the most unsuspecting nooks of work, life, and education. For anyone concerned with the corruption of language, the dumbing-down of society, or the unchecked expansion of “efficiency” in our culture, here is a book that will become a rallying cry for turning the tide.
  

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

Some interesting observations and insights but the book does not to live up to the provocative title nor is the author all that persuasive. At least it was a quick, relatively short read. Read full review

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

User Review  - Edward Sullivan - Goodreads

Some interesting observations and insights but the book does not to live up to the provocative title nor is the author all that persuasive. At least it was a quick, relatively short read. Read full review

Contents

The Invention of a Universal Medium
1
Another Way of Working
27
BulletPoint Rhetoric
49
From Obfuscation to Falsification
77
A Total Spectacle
101
The Power of Consultants
129
Universal Contamination
153
7
159
At School with PowerPoint?
191
The Hidden Perversity
223
Notes
229
Index
246
223
261
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Franck Frommer worked as a journalist for a dozen years before joining an international company where he worked in the area of communications and the web. The author of a biography of Jean-Patrick Manchette, he lives in Paris. George Holoch has translated more than twenty books, including Eric Hazan's Notes on the Occupation and Alain Deneault's Offshore (both from The New Press). He lives in Hinesburg, Vermont.

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