Ever since discovering PowerPoint a few months ago, I have been marvelling at its various absurdities. Today I discover that John Ralston Saul has been thinking along similar lines
They appear to provide a clear structure to any presentation. But PowerPoint presentations are designed entirely to discourage thought, questioning and doubt. They are designed to distract the audience from what the person who is speaking is actually saying. The person speaks. They point at something. The people listening can’t quite listen, and certainly not in a questioning manner, because they are being told to follow the linear path of summary points illustrated to the side of the actual speaker. So as he speaks, he directs our attention away from himself towards something that is presented ... as what? Truth? A child-like pattern to follow? PowerPoint presentations discourage thought and questioning and leave the impression that something relating to certainty has just been said.