Yes, dear readers, today is the sesquicentennial of Abraham Lincoln delivering his "Gettysburg Address."
Although Lincoln's prognostication of the impact of his address (The world with little note, nor long remember what we say here...) was clearly off, the Address was both a noble tribute to the fallen and a rallying call to the North to press on to victory.
It is also oratory that would work well with today's sound bite and Twitter-obsessed audience.
It's short, only 267 words.
It's Tweetable. At 1439 characters (that includes spaces), the entire address can be delivered in 11 tweets; w abbr,even <.
It's full of sound bites. The reporter's challenge is not trying to find something quotable, but rather selecting which quote(s) to use.
But is Lincoln's Gettysburg Address adaptable for use by the Powerpoint addicted speaker?
The presenter in the following video demonstrates the added power Lincoln could have had, had Powerpoint been available to him. The PPT slides were developed by Google's Peter Norvig.
Note 1: the Address with Powerpoint starts at 6 minutes, 40 seconds into the video.
Note 2: If you have trouble seeing the PPT slides because of the width of the page, click here for a direct link to the video.