Imagine a world with almost no pronouns or punctuation. A world where any complex
thought must be broken into seven-word chunks, with colourful blobs between them.
It sounds like the futuristic dystopia of Kurt Vonnegut's short story Harrison
Bergeron, in which intelligent citizens receive ear-splitting broadcasts over
headsets so that they cannot gain an unfair advantage over their less intelligent
peers. But this world is no fiction—it is the present-day reality of a PowerPoint
presentation, a reality that is repeated an estimated 30 million times a day.