I’m still in training at Camp Atterbury. (Surprise!) We will be heading to the ‘stan soon, though. With that comes a break from the trigger time, and more time is being spent in the classroom. Today, we learned about many of the non-military agencies that are also in the ‘stan, working to help the country (like the US Agency for International Development.) After all, the key to success in Afghanistan is not to kill bad guys, it’s to give people a reason not to become bad guys.
I’m not sure exactly when Powerpoint became the visual aid of choice, but if I ever get my hands on a time-travel-equipped Delorean, I’m driving straight back to that time and kickin’ the guy that invented Powerpoint straight in the gonads. I may or may not bring Michael J. Fox with me, I don’t know … it depends on how I’m feelin’ at the time.
I’m sure powerpoint worked well when it was new. You have a concept or idea you need to get across, and you don’t wanna buy whiteboards and dry erase markers all the time? Use the computer! Great idea. Can’t fault anyone for that.
What I CAN gripe about is the belief that the more crap you cram on a slide, the more information people can receive. Likewise, I also have issues with anyone who presents me with a powerpoint slide, then proceeds to READ ME EVERYTHING PRINTED ON THE SLIDE (as if I couldn’t read it myself.) Lastly, I just have to tell ya … if I’ve been sitting in the same chair for more than 4 hours, doing NOTHING but looking at powerpoint slides and listening to droning, monotone speakers, you’ve pretty much lost me. And, your chances of “reaching” me by presenting me with MORE powerpoint slides and lecturing are, well, about as good as my chances of being excused from my deployment to the ‘stan.
If, in the course of your duties you are required to present material to an audience or other group of people, please think HARD about your use of powerpoint. Chances are, you’re the ONLY one who wants the material presented with that visual aid.
But, let me stop complaining … I’m sure that several months from now I’ll be BEGGING to be in the Powerpoint death chamber again.