Chapter 10: Seeing and Believing in a Visual World

“In an age of high-tech projection, snazzy visual software packages, and an eye toward information exchange efficiency, the public speaker, it seems, is increasingly obsolete. While we’re not quite as vehement as Katrin Park, we understand where she’s coming from. Instead, as audience members we’re left to passively spectate slide after slide, chocked full of information that we’re supposed to write down and then regurgitate for the next exam/quiz/assignment. Even the really accomplished user of PowerPoint or Prezi often becomes something of a carni-barker, entertaining us with the next hand-held mouse click as we watch something swoosh-swerve-explode-jiggle-twerk or whistle onto a projected screen. What was once eye-candy has increasingly become eye-gouging.”