Gabriel, Y. 2008. Essai: Against the tyranny of PowerPoint - Technology-in-use and technology abuse. Organization Studies, 29(2): 255-276.
In the four years since the original piece was published, the tyranny of PowerPoint (in its stultifying, predictable and lazy uses) seems to me to be even more oppressive and a re-thinking of its uses and abuses is urgently needed.
A brief overview of the development of PowerPoint
Uses of PowerPoint in education
Reinventing the lecture – from Authoritative text to multi-media performance
- filtering out much that is irrelevant noise and focusing on what creates a memorable emotional experience
- tolerating uncertainty, lack of plot and absence of closure
- coping with pluri-vocality, with ill-defined characters and ambiguous moral messages
- accepting experiences with ambiguous or opaque meanings, without closure
- enjoying puzzles without permanent solutions
- juxtaposing, comparing and criticising