Everything Bad Is Good for You How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter

ISBN-10: 1594481946

ISBN-13: 9781594481949

Edition: 2006

Authors: Steven Johnson
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Description: Forget everything you've read about the age of dumbed-down, instant-gratification culture. In this provocative, intelligent, and convincing endorsement of today's mass entertainment, national bestselling author Steven Johnson argues that the pop culture we soak in every day-from The Lord of the Ringsto Grand Theft Autoto The Simpsons-has been growing more and more sophisticated and, far from rotting our brains, is actually posing new cognitive challenges that are making our minds measurably sharper. You will never regard the glow of the video game or television screen the same way again.

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/2/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Steven Johnson is an American popular science writer and media theorist. He was born on June 6, 1968, and grew up in Washington, D.C. He completed his undergraduate degree at Brown University, where he studied semiotics, and later went on to receive his graduate degree in English Literature from Columbia University. Johnson writes mainly on "the intersection of science, technology and personal experience." His most recent work, How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World, was the subject of a six-part series on PBS, which he also hosted. His other works include: Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age; Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation; The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution and the Birth of America; and The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic-and How it Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World.

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