What makes PowerPoint slides by Japanese scientists peculiar?

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Feb 9, 2014 23:35
In an international conference, a Swedish scientist declared that he can recognize PowerPoints slides made by Japanese scientists. I was very much intrigued.

He says that the Japanese tend to use too many colors in one slide, making it very noisy. He went on and said, "You know what? I think it is related to the mess of the streets of Tokyo. You walk there and see the same too-many-color symptom."

This was exactly what I'd concluded from my own observation! I strongly agreed with his analysis. Well done, mate!

Now I think that architecture is the most influential field of arts in our daily life. As long as your eyes are working properly, you cannot help seeing buildings on the streets while going to work or shopping. You cannot escape from it.

Thus, if the streets are full of magnificent master pieces, every day you'll learn about beauty from them. You get synchronized with the beauty of the architecture. You may not explicitly feel anything, but your subconsciousness will receive the vibration of beauty, and it will affect your way of thinking indirectly but profoundly.

On the other hand, if the streets are full of random ugly boxes, your mind will be annoyed. But, because you see them every morning and evening, you'll get used to them. You no longer feel anything from them. However, I would say that this is an illusion. Even if you don't explicitly feel anything, at subconscious level, you may still get the same annoyance.

It is a conditioning. You judge the esthetic of things based on the beauty of buildings and sceneries you're accustomed to see.

In a sense, modern Japanese people are training hard not to be annoyed to see too-many-color mess. Therefore, to improve the PowerPoint slides of Japanese scientists, we might need to rebuild the whole cities.

Alternatively, it may work in the opposite way. It may work as a meme. It may be better to "educate" a few influential figures first and let them spread their thoughts and feelings via media and people may realize the importance of the architecture.

Come to think of it, the main stream mass media seems actually the worst thing in my country. TV screen in Japan is extremely noisy compared to those of BBC, which I am fond of. It is the TV stations in Japan that are polluting people's mind, aren't they? I chose not to buy a TV set at least for a while.