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Friday, April 30, 2010

Dang, Those Military Guys are Getting Smarter

NY Times wrote an article on the military's use of Powerpoint. As one general said:

"Powerpoint makes us stupid."

Why? According to General McMaster:

“(Powerpoint is) dangerous because it can create the illusion of understanding and the illusion of control. Some problems in the world are not bullet-izable.”

And there is one such use for powerpoint in the military:

Senior officers say the program does come in handy when the goal is not imparting information, as in briefings for reporters. The news media sessions often last 25 minutes, with 5 minutes left at the end for questions from anyone still awake. Those types of PowerPoint presentations, Dr. Hammes said, are known as “hypnotizing chickens.”

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