When I started doing work that got me involved with the military and… well, I never really found out where those guys with the very short haircuts, no last names on their conference badges, and vague replies to the question “where do you work” all come from… one of the things that really struck me was how much they all love PowerPoint. Military people love PowerPoint. So I was struck to see Tom Ricks blog:
Marine Gen. James Mattis, one of the most thoughtful of our military leaders… began by making a point about the limitations of conventional firepower: Our military, he said, “must avoid being dominant and irrelevant at the same time.” I hadn’t heard that formulation before.
Mattis also spoke without any computer graphics. “The reason I didn’t use PowerPoint is, I am convinced PowerPoint makes us stupid.”
Though he’s not alone:
Army Brig. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who also spoke at the conference, also took a pop at PowerPoint, saying that when combined with certain ill-advised metrics, it “is really dangerous.”
Interesting. I wonder what they would make of Prezi?