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I can’t stand PowerPoint presentations. Edward Tufte, longtime PowerPoint critic, has written an article in this month’s Wired on his hatred of PowerPoint. The article is long on vitriol and tends towards the damning-the-tool-instead-of-the-user strain of argument, a form popularized by Jakob Nielsen.

I did like the line “Power Corrupts. PowerPoint Corrupts Absolutely.” What would Acton think?

[UPDATE (1/8/04): Don Norman has offered a reasonable counterpoint to Tufte’s arguments.]