Obviously, different people learn differently. Personally, I retain what I see (including what I read) much better than what I hear for equivalent amounts of effort and concentration. I also find it much easier to concentrate on visuals for a longer period of time than on auditory information. For you, the situation is reversed. I am sure that you had an easier time in lecture courses than I did. If the course didn't have a good text, I was in trouble. I believe that much of your critisism concerning multi-media is well deserved. Like any "in" concept, it has become circusfied. On the other hand when properly used, multi-media has many advantages: reaching students with different learning styles reaching students with disabilities providing variety in the school day ect.