PowerPoint: Popular Culture Artifact Term Paper by Madame Mimi

A description of Microsoft's PowerPoint as an artifact of popular culture.
# 145762 | 2,281 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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PowerPoint presentations have become so much a part of our lives that they seem absolutely integral and necessary, and we find it hard to imagine what educational life was like before they surfaced. This paper discusses how, as a popular culture artifact, PowerPoint has both positive and negative connotations and thta the immensity of its presence in modern life teaches us about ourselves. The paper also examines Power Point's explosion of use from schools and professionals to the military as well as the ways in which PowerPoint has negatively impacted society.

From the Paper:

"The ideology that has developed in popular culture surrounding this artifact is that anybody can use PowerPoint to present any subject, no matter how complex, to others who know little or nothing about it, in a manner that seems thorough and easily understood. Although PowerPoint can be an effective aid in presenting relatively simple concepts, it can also be used to over simplify complex topics by reducing them to condensed bulleted points. Such presentations offer information that is insufficient in communicating adequate knowledge. Decision making can be harmed through under informed authorities who believe they are knowledgeable. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bumiller, Elisabeth. "We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint." The New York Times, April 26, 2010.
  • "Death by PowerPoint." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_by_PowerPoint Retrieved 11-19-2010.
  • Friedman, Sally. "City Room" Complaint Box | Meetings Bring Out the Worst and adding PowerPoint to them makes them worse. The NewYork Times. October 15, 2010. http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/15/complaint-box-meetings/. Retrieved 11-21-2010.
  • Gaskins, Robert. "Viewpoint: PowerPoint at 20: Back to Basics." http://www.gbuwizards.com/ files/gaskins-ppt-at-20-cacm-vol50-no12-dec-2007-p15-p17.pdf. Retrieved 11-18-10.
  • http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-april-29-2010/afghanistan-stability-chart. Retrieved 11-19-2010.

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