Death by PowerPoint – yet another perspective

Many people have noted how annoying it is to go to a meeting and experience the well-know ‘death by Powerpoint’ phenomenon.

But one person who’s made the argument most excellently is Peter Norvig, when he put the Gettysburg Address on PowerPoint.

This simple action encapsulates all of the arguments against Powerpoint so powerfully.

How much less inspiring the Gettysburg Address is in this medium. How much less is it a call to future action. Indeed, ‘how much less’ sums up the Powerpoint version of this famous speech.

We are in real danger of allowing technology to obscure and not enhance our ability to communicate as humans.

Author: Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is certified in information security and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies terrorism and security. Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection.