A recent study by a Washington think tank found that children now spend more time playing computer games and watching television than they do reading. Subsequent to the report's publication, child education and psychology experts speculated about the long-term effects this trend could have on children's development. They cited such risks as failing to develop critical thinking skills, inability to interact with people, and inadequate physical activity.
The military should be concerned about fostering those same flaws in its junior officers. In this case, however, the culprit is PowerPoint. The art of creating a PowerPoint brief frequently has become a substitute for real planning, thoughtful discussion, and cogent analysis. The military should worry it is not breeding innovative thinkers.