Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Curmudgeon Update: Great Leaps Backward

I posted earlier about David Maister's insight on the benefits that the old overhead projector with transparencies had over PowerPoint presentations.

His point was that by jotting observations on the overhead's transparencies, the presenter developed a closer relationship with the audience since comments could be quickly noted and points illustrated in contrast to the rigidity of PowerPoint slides.

What other "advances" have been great leaps backward? I'd nominate:

  • Call waiting. [They can wait.]

  • White boards. [Gimme the old chalk boards.]

  • Time gobbling group activities in training. [Just tell me.]

  • Automated day planners. [I'm probably in a real minority on that one.]

Any others?


pawnking said...

My favorite quote about call waiting in a movie whose title I forget: "Call waiting, I hate it! You pay five dollars a month to get interrupted!"

Michael Wade said...


Marvelous line. That's exactly how I feel about it.