PowerPoint on the slide?

News has come through that Switzerland now has a new political party: The Anti-PowerPoint Party (APPP). The founder thinks a lot of money could be saved by sparing people the boring presentations that feature it and that reverting to paper and pens is more effective for presentations. He is campaigning for a ban and says ‘the party is serious and the cause is serious”.

To those who worry about how dull Switzerland is and what there is to do there once you have settled into your tax haven existence, presumably this shows its hard-edged, gritty and finger-on-the-pulse grasp of the economic realities of life.

If it were a humorous attempt to point the finger (laser-pointing being presumably part of the problem) then I would welcome the attack. And I do know that PowerPoint and seminar companies were made for each other and maybe the bond is a bit too close at times.

But for Falconbury, I would like to claim diplomatic immunity under The Geneva Convention on the grounds that it is innocent of using PowerPoint or other electronic slide projection to torture its delegates.

I am, however, preparing a short talk in the light of this development and in it I will address not only this idea that PowerPoint be abolished but also the suggestion in 2009 (said at the time to be mad) from Colonel Gaddafi that Switzerland should be abolished. One of my PowerPoint ‘slides’ will be using the famous Harry Lime quote from the film The Third Man:

  • Don’t be so gloomy.
  • After all it’s not that awful.
  • Like the fella says,
  • in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance.
  • In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce?
  • The cuckoo clock.

Published on Jul 13, 2011 by Neil Thomas