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Michael Ledeen

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July 11, 2011 - 2:28 pm

Not a common emotion for me.  But there is a new political party in Switzerland, devoted to the elimination of Power Points from civilized life.  I would join in a microsecond.  Power Point guarantees that all subjects are reduced to short bytes, as if it were television on a sheet of paper.  There are no lengthy paragraphs, no  extended analysis, just little bundles of words.

Twitter is much the same, but it doesn’t pretend to be a format for serious discussion.  I’ve banned Power Point from my sessions at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and some military officers who came over a week ago to give us a briefing on Afghanistan and Libya thanked me.  They “just talked” and it  was great.  They felt good, too…relief at being able to really explore the stuff, you know?

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