May 23, 2003
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PowerPoint

I was going to discuss Tufte's new broadside, The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint, but Aaron Swartz has already done it beautifully -- in the form of a PowerPoint outline.

This 24-page handout is very fine reading indeed, and is produced with to the elegant standards of Tufte's classic books. The net may spawn a revival of the print broadside -- brief pamphlets and articles that once were a staple of the press but vanished in this century. Advertising-subsidized magazines pushed them out of newsstands, inexpensive books and then paperbacks pushed them out of bookstores, and soon they had no retail channel at all. It's a long shot -- the web is even better, after all, at electronic delivery. But you never know.