Re: [xmca] Subtleties of Presentation Media

From: Mike Cole (
Date: Fri Feb 16 2007 - 16:14:51 PST

Hi David--

I routinely put the ppt of my lectures on line for students and I see a LOT
of ppt presentations
on google. I see ideas discussed here on xmca incorporated into people's
writing without attribution.
Devilish thing about the media connecting us to our society -- changing the
re-mediating our relationships, changes where we imagine the boundaries to

Some celebrate this fact about us humans, other lament it. But darned if I
can see how to avoid it.

On 2/16/07, David H Kirshner <> wrote:
> A few days ago I gave a PowerPoint presentation of my research to our
> department. After the presentation, a graduate teaching assistant in the
> department whom I've known for a number of years asked me if he could have
> a copy of the presentation so that he could follow-up with one of his
> classes (some of his students also were at the presentation). I
> immediately
> agreed, but after some debate with myself, I decided to give him hard copy
> of the slides instead. The medium of PowerPoint would erode the boundaries
> between him and me.
> Here's a snippet from my note to him. I wonder if this phenomenon has been
> observed/discussed before in the media literature.
> Comments welcome.
> David Kirshner
> _______________________________________________
> Hi xxxx,
> I've copied out all of my slides (about 50), and left them in your
> mailbox.
> I'd intended to send you the PowerPoint presentation itself, but in the
> end
> felt uncomfortable about doing that.
> It's an interesting media phenomenon. If I give you photocopies of the
> slides and you distribute them for discussion to your students, it's very
> clear what are the boundaries between my contribution, and yours. The
> slides are mine, the discussion is yours. However, the PowerPoint medium
> is
> inherently incomplete. If you present my slides as a PowerPoint
> presentation, it no longer is possible to clearly demarcate our
> boundaries.
> That's because the in the PowerPoint setting, the slides are inseparable
> from the commentary. Thus it's not possible to distinguish what part of
> the
> commentary is you and what part is me.
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