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Enemy Lurks in Briefings on Afghan War - PowerPoint - NYTimes.com - 51 views

  • “PowerPoint makes us stupid,”
  • behind all the PowerPoint jokes are serious concerns that the program stifles discussion, critical thinking and thoughtful decision-making
  • deeply embedded in a military culture that has come to rely on PowerPoint’s hierarchical ordering of a confused world
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  • Commanders say that the slides impart less information than a five-page paper can hold, and that they relieve the briefer of the need to polish writing to convey an analytic, persuasive point.
  • 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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