Thursday, October 14, 2004

"No more Power Point for you!"

Still ANOTHER Slashdot post, this one on whether Power Point unfairly prejudices juries. From my limited mock trial experienceand background, trials are always influenced by presentation. That's half the trick, that trial attorneys have various tactics and strategies, beyond merely legal ones, to employ in an attempt to sway the jury. My take is that Power Point is merely another tool in the toolbox. Why disallow this particular tool if you allow other, equally effective methods and tools to remain? And if Power Point is so "powerful" such that it should be forbidden, then perhaps we should reexamine our system and see whether or not this is merely a symptom (as I fear it is) of a more deep-rooted problem.