Feeds

Anti-PowerPoint Party vows end to death by slides

Brain turning to mush? There's an APPP for that

New hybrid storage solutions

Everybody complains about PowerPoint presentations. But nobody does anything about them – until now.

Meet Switzerland's Anti-PowerPoint Party, aka the APPP. "The APPP sees itself as the advocate of approximately 250 Million people worldwide, who, every month, are obliged to be present during boring presentations in companies, universities, or at other institutions," reads the party's mission statement.

The APPP's founder, Matthias Poehm, is a man on a mission – and his objection to PowerPoint is not merely that presentations based on it are a gawdawful bore, but that they're a crippling drain on the world economy.

According to the APPP's calculations, the use of PowerPoint – and, to be fair, other presentation software such as Apple's Keynote – results in an "annual monetary destruction" of €110bn in Europe alone.

The APPP posits this somewhat alarming figure by assuming that presentations take place in 11 per cent of companies and educational institutions, averaging twice a week, and that the average number of attendees is 10 – although in larger institutions that number may be "umpteen times higher". The APPP then assumes that 85 per cent of participants believe these presentations are killing motivation.

Mash those numbers together with the average EU pay rate and the number of EU workers, and you get that €110bn "destruction".

Anti-PowerPoint Party 'horror-slide' example

Just one example – and not the worst – of the APPP's exemplary 'horror slides' (click to enlarge)

Something must be done to stop this insanity, says the APPP. "If you, in the future, also want to say less often during presentations: 'Had I only stayed at home' then you can do something."

And that something is to join the APPP. Swiss law makes it easier than in most countries to form a political party, and Poehm is taking advatage of that democratic freedom to get his word out. "The party aims to launching a national referendum to obtain a law forbidding PowerPoint during presentations," the party's establishing Articles declare.

Poehm is personally a bit less draconian. "What we want is people start deeply talking about [PowerPoint]," he says. "This is the reason that we exist."

According to Poehm's calculus, the APPP stands to become the fourth largest political party in Switzerland. If he's correct, that would certainly bring media attention to his noble cause.

"Everybody around the world can become a proponent," he says. "And if we have achieved that critical mass ... then this will be in the newspapers, this will be in the media, and then finally people start talking widely and deeply about [the PowerPoint] problem."

You don't have to be Swiss to become an APPP proponent – just provide your contact info to join the good fight. When you do, you'll also be able to buy a discounted copy of Poehm's own book, The PowerPoint Fallacy and sign up for his "legendary periodical", the Poehm-Letter (available only in German).

Not that there's anything wrong with a little self-promotion, as long as it's not presented in PowerPoint. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?
How keen will buyers be when exposed to the real price?
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
Ex-Autonomy execs: HP's latest wad blows apart fraud allegations
Top bods claim IT titan's latest court filing is smoking gun of 'reckless aggression'
Forget silly privacy worries - help biometrics firms make MILLIONS
Beancounter reckons dabs-scanning tech is the next big moneypit
Elon Musk says Tesla's stock price is too high ... welp, NOT ANY MORE
As Nevada throws the SpaceX supremo a $1.25bn bone
Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook
Office Graph, social features for Office 365 going public
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.