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- DescriptionWith over 500 million users worldwide, Microsoft s PowerPoint software has become the ubiquitous tool for nearly all forms of public presentationin schools, government agencies, the military, and, of course, offices everywhere. In this revealing and powerfully argued book, author Franck Frommer shows us that PowerPoint s celebrated ease and efficiency actually mask a profoundly disturbing but little-understood transformation in human communication. Using fascinating examples (including the most famous PowerPoint presentation of all: Colin Powell s indictment of Iraq before the United Nations), Frommer systematically deconstructs the slides, bulleted lists, and flashy graphics we all w take for granted. He shows how PowerPoint has promoted a new, slippery grammar, where faulty causality, sloppy logic, decontextualized data, and seductive showmanship have replaced the traditional tools of persuasion and argument. <i>How PowerPoint Makes You Stupid</i> includes a fascinating mini-history of PowerPoint s emergence, as well as a sobering and surprising account of its reach into the most unsuspecting oks of work, life, and education. For anyone concerned with the corruption of language, the dumbing-down of society, or the unchecked expansion of efficiency in our culture, here is a book that will become a rallying cry for turning the tide.
- Author Biography<b>Franck Frommer</b> worked as a journalist for a dozen years before joining an international company where he worked in the area of communications and the web. The author of a biography of Jean-Patrick Manchette, he lives in Paris. <b>George Holoch</b> has translated more than twenty books, including Eric Hazan's <i>Notes on the Occupation</i> and Alain Deneault's <i>Offshore</i> (both from The New Press). He lives in Hinesburg, Vermont.
- Author(s)Franck Frommer
- PublisherThe New Press
- Date of Publication28/02/2012
- SubjectSoftware Packages
- Place of PublicationNY
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe New Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight544 g
- Width157 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Translated byProfessor George Holoch
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound,Paper over boards,With dust jacket
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