The Wages of Powerpoint Ignorance
A lot of people I know, including myself, suck at Microsoft Powerpoint. Guess it’s just that we have taken it for granted ever since we first used it for our sloppy reports on The Iliad and The Odyssey in– I dunno– high school. But of course, Powerpoint is beyond that. By this, you have to first watch the following video to know what I’m talking about. I’m sure you’ll be as stupefied as I was. Watch now!
Yes people. THAT’s a Powerpoint presentation. THAT’s made by three artists in three arduous days. And THAT’s 450 slides all in all. (If you don’t believe it, you can view all the separate pages HERE.)
With this brilliant ~presentation, I can now only imagine Powerpoint as the actual band BTO screaming the You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet chorus on loop:
Hey Macromedia Flash buyout! Hey The Inconvenient Truth slide show wussies!
B-B-B-Baby, you know, you know, you know, you just ain’t seen nothin’ yet
You need an education, got to go to school!
On another note (and I mean you may now stop reading cos here comes the nerd talking…), Powerpoint is also taken for granted in the ‘content’ department of communication.
As theorist John Sweller had said in his Cognitive Load Theory, messages transacted through both written and oral forms can affect the receiver’s understanding– both positively (modality) and negatively (redundancy).
Modality is apparently the better option. With moderate text/speech, the audience will prolly absorb the lecture better. So if you have have bullet points, no-nonsense talking and just-right confidence, you’ll pull it off. On the other hand, if you have your slides crowded with so much text, it is suggested best that you shut up.
Redundancy, however, is the more used. Everybody is guilty here.
End of Show.