PowerPoint Evil

Topics: Microsoft PowerPoint, Rhetoric, Regulatory Focus Theory Pages: 3 (919 words) Published: December 4, 2013
Derek Putthoff
Dr. Eastman
English 1011
2 October 2013


In the passage, “PowerPoint s Evil Power Corrupts PowerPoint Corrupts Absolutely,” by Edward R. Tufte, he makes very clear his opinion that PowerPoint is a very ineffective public speaking tool. His very first sentence creates a metaphor for us, PowerPoint is like a prescription drug that has promises of making us beautiful, but instead the drug only had side effects of stupidity, boring everyone, wasting time, and degraded credibility of communication (Tufte 538). From this very first sentence you can clearly see how he feels about the program PowerPoint, and slideware in general. Tufte effectively makes his point by explaining, PowerPoint presentations are ineffective because, they present very little information per slide, it has a boring and pushy style, over the top colors and display, and its preprogramed data graphs are pointless (Tufte539).

He uses lots of numbers and facts to persuade us that PowerPoint is an ineffective public speaking tool. One of his main points based on logos is each slide has little information (Tufte 539). He says, each slide typically shows 20 words in a school setting, 20 words is about 10 seconds of silent reading (Tufte 539). That’s only 30 seconds or so of reading for a week of school (Tufte 539). “Now with power points being so overused in the classroom”, Tufte says, ‘’Students would be better off if the schools simply shut down…’’ (539). With each slide having so little information many slides are needed to just slightly touch on a subject, thus your audience is relentlessly hit with an endless amount of slides (Tufte 539).

Another play on Logos Tufte makes is with so many slides required in a PowerPoint presentation to convey a useful amount of information, the presentation is going to be boring. Most people will say they have never sat through a memorable PowerPoint presentation. PowerPoint tries to combat this with making its slides any...

Cited: Tufte, Edward. “PowerPoint Is Evil PowerPoint Corrupts. PowerPoint Corrupts Absolutely.” The Call To Write. 6th. Ed. John Trimbur. Mason: Cengage Learning, 2014. 538-540. Print.
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