Friday Follies: The Gettysburg PowerPoint

By April 20, 2007Friday Follies

Friday Follies Today finds the blogger-in-chief in Orlando, Florida, speaking to the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters. Some time this morning, these nice people will sit attentively and hear the blogger-in-chief bloviate with the help of some infernal PowerPoint slides. Poor souls. How many of us have suffered through death by PowerPoint?

Somebody tipped us off to this, a PowerPoint version of the Gettysburg Address, delivered on November 19, 1863, a little over four months after that historic battle. What if Abraham Lincoln had access to PowerPoint? How might it have looked? You need only click here to see it. And, if you click here, you can see the “Speaker Notes,” containing the full text for those of you who haven’t memorized it yet.

If you want to know how to wreck a memorable speech, look no further. A cautionary tale for all who rely just a little too much on the cursed laptop and slides.