Today I Wish I Were Swiss
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?