The cult of PowerPoint, episode 2

PowerPoint is a fine presentation tool, but some people have elevated it to the level of a cult. The most recent member of the PowerPoint cult was a customer who decided to use PowerPoint in an email message.

No, I don't mean that the customer attached a bad PowerPoint presentation to the email. I mean that the customer's email was itself a three-slide PowerPoint presentation.

Well, not quite.

What they actually did was create a three-slide presentation, then take screenshots of each slide and embed them in the email.

Well, not quite.

The screenshots were shrunk to save size. Each page from the PowerPoint presentation contained about 50 words of text. Which were very hard to read because the screenshots were shrunk.

The PowerPoint presentation itself was a shortened form of your typical boring PowerPoint slide presentation. The first slide was an introduction to the program they were using. The second slide was a statement of the problem they were having. The third slide was a call to action for Microsoft to assist in determining why the program was having the problem.

Thank goodness it didn't have a concluding "Any questions?" slide.

Comments (14)
  1. Karellen says:

    Wow. All that’s missing from that is a wooden table!

  2. Tom says:




    There really are some people who should not be allowed near computers.

  3. Pi says:

    Thank God for the internet. It exposes me to things like this and I feel more intelligent with each passing day.

  4. yeah yeah says:

    Does anyone mind if I have a little cry?

  5. Sohail says:

    Hey, I like the "Any Questions" slide!

    In fact, my LaTeX slide template automagically puts it in as the last slide.


  6. fred says:

    David Byrne did some interesting artwork using PowerPoint a while back.  Worth a look:

  7. peetm says:

    All power corrupts, but PowerPoint corrupts corrupts absolutely.

  8. Duke of New York says:

    Spotted at Microsoft’s meeting area in Second Life (yes, there is one):

  9. Gwyn says:

    You should get your secretary to print that out for you – then the stupidity cycle would be complete

  10. BMathew says:

    Anyone remember David Bryne’s "I Heart Powerpoint" work? I attended the lecture at UW in 2005, I thought he was sort of taking the mickey..

  11. CMC says:

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  12. Anonymuos says:

    PowerPoint was good for its days in the 90s and should long have been rewritten in WPF or native code WPF or Direct3D. Remember it’s Windows PRESENTATION foundation? StandOut from ERain Inc. gets presentations right.

  13. Matt says:

    This is kind of off-topic, but there’s a new book on creating good PowerPoint slide shows, written by the designer of Al Gore’s "An Inconvenient Truth" slide show.

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