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Main Title: The Performance of Knowledge: Pointing and Knowledge in Powerpoint Presentations
Author(s): Knoblauch, Hubert
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: Powerpoint and similar technologies have contributed to a profound transformation of lecturing and presenting information. In focusing on pointing in powerpoint presentations, the article addresses aspects of this transformation of speech into 'presentations'. As opposed to popular attacks against powerpoint, the analysis of a large number of audio-visually recorded presentations (mainly in German) demonstrates the creativity of these 'performances', based on the interplay of slides (and other aspects of this technology), speech, pointing and body formations. Pointing seems to be a particular feature of this kind of presentation, allowing knowledge to be located in space. Considering powerpoint as one of the typical technologies of so-called 'knowledge societies', this aspect provides some indication as to the social understanding of knowledge. Instead of 'representing' reality, knowledge is defined by the circularity of speaking and showing, thus becoming presented knowledge rather than representing knowledge.
Issue Date: 2008
Date Available: 8-Jan-2019
DDC Class: 390 Bräuche, Etikette, Folklore
300 Sozialwissenschaften
Subject(s): communication
communicative culture
knowledge society
Journal Title: Cultural Sociology
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publisher Place: Washington, DC
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
Publisher DOI: 10.1177/1749975507086275
Page Start: 75
Page End: 97
EISSN: 1749-9763
ISSN: 1749-9755
Notes: Dieser Beitrag ist mit Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers aufgrund einer (DFG geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich.
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
Appears in Collections:FG Allgemeine Soziologie, insbesondere Theorie moderner Gesellschaften » Publications

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