NYT Magazine: PowerPoint Partly to Blame for Space Shuttle Disaster

“The Columbia Accident Investigation Board [argued that NASA] had become too reliant on presenting complex information via PowerPoint… When NASA engineers assessed possible wing damage during the mission, they presented the findings in a confusing PowerPoint slide — so crammed with nested bullet points and irregular short forms that it was nearly impossible to untangle. ‘It is easy to understand how a senior manager might read this PowerPoint slide and not realize that it addresses a life-threatening situation,’ the board sternly noted.”