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It Looked So Easy in PowerPoint!

November 15th, 2004 · No Comments

Laugh so you don’t cry:

To explain [how a future invasion of Iran might play out] he spent thirty minutes presenting the very sorts of slides most likely to impress civilians: those with sweeping arrows indicating the rapid movement of men across terrain. When the exercise was over, I told David Kay that an observer who had not often seen such charts remarked on how “cool” they looked. “Yes, and the longer you’ve been around, the more you learn to be skeptical of the ‘cool’ factor in PowerPoint,” Kay said. “I don’t think the president had seen many charts like that before.”

—from James Fallows’ Atlantic Monthly December cover story.

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