Based on Alexei Kapterev’s Death by PowerPoint, which inspired me a whole lot. I was so moved to redesign the pages and make them a little more interesting.

Category: Think Tank, Web/Tech

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7 Responses to “Death by PowerPoint”

  1. Jack says:

    64 slides to tell me what you coulda told me in 12?

  2. capitalistic says:


    I think it always depends on your audience. Academics prefer dense presentations. Business leaders, particularly executives, want the facts.

    I always develop deal books the same way – to the point and in 15 pages or less.

  3. Frilton Miedman says:

    Signal v noise, substance v content – I find myself often intentionally avoiding specific stories, sources or authors, solely for the fact that I want the point, not self indulgent over-narration.

  4. Jojo says:

    I’ve seen this subject presented in a lot less slides, maybe 10.

    But this guy needs 64 slides to present what could probably be covered in 10 or so. If you’re not part of the solution, then you must be part of the problem…

  5. BottomMiddleClass says:

    If you can work it into your presentation at all, hold up a dollar bill. You WILL get the audiences attention that way. I’ve learned to start presentations involving money by holding up a dollar bill and asking, “Does everyone know what this is? Does anyone here have enough of these?”

    I know it sounds like something from an infomercial, but wow everyone just kind’ve wakes up when they see the dollar and everyone ALWAYS looks around to see if someone “has enough of these”.

  6. Expat says:

    I am a big believer in few words and only those images which capture the imagination or display things which are hard to explain (a map, a picture of a ship, a diagram of a molecule). When I went to school, we did not have powerpoint and had to, gasp, take notes. This increased comprehension since the student learn by hearing and writing and by ideally re-writing their notes in the evening.

    I teach today and am confronted with horrific feedback. My grad students demand (yes, they demand it and the administration backs them up, the spineless, ignorant weasels) extensive powerpoints with everything explained. Basically they want me to write a complete book for their perusal at their leisure so they can sleep during class, send SMS’s, or surf for porn while while I “drone on”.

    Even my professional, corporate clients demand extensive printouts and except them to contain tons of information. I tell them that they won’t remember much of the noise, numbers and words and should concentrate on the concepts and ideas. They can always Google the facts later. Well, that doesn’t cut it either.

    It’s hard to tell people that they have no clue how to learn and consequently no idea how they should be taught. I minimize and shorten but inevitably and to my eternal regret find myself drawn into extensive slides and handouts.

    People are not only morons, they don’t know they are morons. And those who do know, don’t know how to stop being morons.

    I think I will intentionally inflict Powerpoint Poisoning on them just because they deserve it.

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