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Anti-PowerPoint Party In Switzerland Tries To Ban Software

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 07/05/11 03:43 PM ET Updated: 09/04/11 06:12 AM ET

Antipowerpoint Party

One political party in Switzerland thinks PowerPoint presentations are actually costing the country billions of dollars.

The Anti-PowerPoint Party wants to ban the software from being used in Switzerland. It even compares PowerPoint to a disease.

From Geekosystem:

The Anti-PowerPoint Party claims that the use of the presentation software costs the Swiss economy approximately 2.1 billion Swiss Francs a year (US $2.5billion). They base their calculation on reportedly unverified assumptions about the number of employees that attend PowerPoint presentations weekly, and the assumption that these presentations hold no value for 85% of attendees thus costing companies money from the loss of productive work hours.

Anyone in Switzerland can call for a referendum on nearly anything, as long as they obtain 100,000 voter signatures. But the Anti-PowerPoint party remains far from that goal, with just 245 members, according to PCWorld.

The party is free to join, but members must buy, "The PowerPoint Fallacy," written by Anti-PowerPoint founder Matthias Poehm.

The author admits his party is a platform to sell his book, but insists, "it doesn't end there."

"This issue will be raised in the awareness of the all people who still don't know that there is an alternative to PowerPoint and with this alternative you, provably, achieve three to five times more effect and excitement with the audience than with the PowerPoint," Poehm said. "We want ... that pupils in schools are not punished by a mark reduction if they don't use PowerPoint."

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