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Election 2012: Where Are The PowerPoint Slides?
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moarsauce123
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11/7/2012 | 11:15:35 PM
re: Election 2012: Where Are The PowerPoint Slides?
The problem is that the folks who'd vote for a yahoo like Romney don't get the charts on the slides anyway.
ChrisMurphy
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ChrisMurphy,
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11/6/2012 | 3:55:39 PM
re: Election 2012: Where Are The PowerPoint Slides?
YouTube? Yes, in fact if you search YouTube you'll find video of all the candidates standing up and giving a convention speech for about a half hour. I'm pretty sure "standing up and giving a speech" is a tactic that dates back a bit more than 20 years, and they're still using that. So by all means, use multimedia tools that bring data to life better than PowerPoint. But do something, anything, to bring the data to life.
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11/6/2012 | 6:01:33 AM
re: Election 2012: Where Are The PowerPoint Slides?
Good grief. I'm mid-50's in age, and I laugh at you suggesting a 20 year old tool to convey a message in 2012! Have you heard of YouTube? Have you seen the minute or less vids Google and others use to get a concise message across? Do you understand the attention span of even the better educated in this country? Let me help you in "ppt" terms: put the "slides" (1980s) or "deck" (ppt 1990s) 3 to 5 points you want folks to remember in a vid. Now, submit your resignation as a tech writer, your technological age is showing.
ChrisMurphy
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ChrisMurphy,
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11/5/2012 | 10:06:25 PM
re: Election 2012: Where Are The PowerPoint Slides?
It's true, I've seen lots of charts used by advocates in those kind of online discussions. Which tells me it's a powerful persuasive tool.

But maybe you nailed it -- there's a fear of alienating the powerful anti-PowerPoint lobby.
TreeInMyCube
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11/5/2012 | 6:26:33 PM
re: Election 2012: Where Are The PowerPoint Slides?
I've seen *lots* of charts making the rounds in the blogosphere and linked-to on social media. You're right; I haven't seen very many directly used by the candidates. I have to believe that they have focus-grouped some of this, and it wasn't well recieved. Indeed, I've heard lots of people at work compare PowerPoint to a form of torture that should be banned under the Geneva Convention. Why would either candidate want to be seen as taking a position that is "in favor" of more PowerPoint?
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fraktal,
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11/5/2012 | 5:01:56 PM
re: Election 2012: Where Are The PowerPoint Slides?
Too many people vote emotionally. Rhetoric, debates and speech appeal to emotion more than graphs and charts. You can bet the candidates are crunching the data to come up with their content to appeal to voter emotion. The more real-time the data the better. Here's a good slide for them of real-time voter opinion: http://www.geocharts.com/direc...


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