Everything Bad is Good for You
Forget everything you’ve ever read about the age of dumbed-down, instant-gratification culture. In this provocative, unfailingly intelligent, thoroughly researched, and surprisingly convincing book, Steven Johnson draws from fields as diverse as neuroscience, economics, and media theory to argue... show more
Forget everything you’ve ever read about the age of dumbed-down, instant-gratification culture. In this provocative, unfailingly intelligent, thoroughly researched, and surprisingly convincing book, Steven Johnson draws from fields as diverse as neuroscience, economics, and media theory to argue that the pop culture we soak in every day—from Lord of the Rings to Grand Theft Auto to The Simpsons—has been growing more sophisticated with each passing year, and, far from rotting our brains, is actually posing new cognitive challenges that are actually making our minds measurably sharper. You will never regard the glow of the video game or television screen the same way again. With a new afterword by the author.
Publish date: May 2nd 2006
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
, Cultural Studies
, Sports And Games
, Pop Culture
Enjoyable essay on the sleeper curve. The lowest common denominator of entertainment is actually much more challenging for the viewer then it was 30 or 20 years ago. This means there is more expected of the consumer of entertainment, and to enjoy these more challenging forms we have to be smarter to...
This book is overly earnest and a little bit shallow in terms of research and reliable background information, but I appreciated the counterpoint to all of the fearmongering about video games and other media in the news. I'd like to give it 3.5 stars but 4 it is.
Part 1: No shit Sherlock.Part 2: Moderately interesting, but too much rambling.
Johnson has written several books on science and technology and his analyses are provocative. He suggests that television has evolved from shows that are essentially linear, with few characters and a simple story line, to shows like "The Sopranos" in which a single show would encompass multiple narr...
"bogus"(you can hear the Bill & Ted in my voice, right?)Johnson's idea is that the entertainment that everyone else says is bad for you really isn't, it's really good for you. Because IQs are steadily rising over time. It must be crappy TV and video games.Yeah, that's pretty much the quality of th...