The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint, by Edward Tufte
This 28-page booklet is a great place to start to learn about all the evils of bullet-driven PowerPoint presentations. Tufte describes several reasons why most PowerPoint presentations are terrible and then shows some examples, including a great send-up of the Gettysburg Address in PowerPoint. Reading this booklet wonâ€™t make you a great PowerPoint presenter at all, but it may give you some motivation to study the subject more. Plus, itâ€™s funny in a snide sort of way.
The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint: slides are not all evil, by Jean-luc Doumont
This article rebuts many of Tufteâ€™s arguments in the above-mentioned booklet. Doumont points out the logical errors in some of Tufteâ€™s points and experientially disagrees with him on most of the others. Doumont has no problem agreeing with the observation that there are many poor PowerPointâ€™s presented daily. He just disagrees with the problems and logic noted and used by Tufte.