PowerPoint is a very useful presentation software feature, when used wisely.  I very much disagree with Edward Tufte’s position that PowerPoint is evil. Tufte’s extremist view that PowerPoint “routinely disrupts, dominates, and trivializes content” does not sit well with me.  This may be true for someone who is misusing the software feature, but not for someone who knows how to effectively make a presentation.  Using too many loud transitions, graphics, or background and font styles can definitely take away from the content of a presentation, and this is why we need to be cautious when constructing a slideshow.  The main focus needs to be on getting the information to the audience, and to spruce it up a little with themes and colors, but not to over-do it.  Going in with this mentality will bode well for anyone trying to make an effective, content-filled PowerPoint presentation.