01/10/2011 02:51 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Hazards Of Duke

No matter what your opinion of the now notorious online "thesis" of the recent Duke graduate Karen Owen--a comprehensive and often pornographic report on her sexual encounters with 13 athletes, most of them lacrosse players--you have to admit that it was a terrible PowerPoint. That program is intended for creating a visual accompaniment to a lecture, keeping audience and speaker on track by reducing the essential ideas of a complex presentation to a series of bullet-pointed phrases and concepts, the irreducible takeaway.

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