Everything Bad is Good for You

by Steven Johnson

Penguin Publishing Group | May 2, 2006 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Everything Bad is Good for You is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
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 big idea 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. After reading Everything Bad is Good for You, you will never regard the glow of the video game or television screen the same way again.

With a new afterword by the author.

Steven Johnson's newest book, Future Perfect, is now available from Riverhead Books.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: May 2, 2006

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1101158018

ISBN - 13: 9781101158012

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from How to Justify Your Television/Video Game/Internet It is nice to read a book that doesn't simply rely on the tired "video games are good for hand-eye coordination" argument. No, this is "an opening salvo" Johnson tells us, a book that has been written to get people to start doing serious research on electronic media. Johnson's arguments are both compelling and well-thought-out. I'm also a huge fan of 'Buffy,' but Johnson manages to make his argument without invoking the Slayer factor. Television is smarter than it was thirty years ago; video games are also smarter. The Internet helps us to understand complex systems. The best part: Johnson still argues that books are extremely important. So, read this book and you'll be able to explain to people why you haven't wasted a week of your life watching TV or DVD or conquering one more RPG. Johnson even explains why Neil Postman (of 'Amusing Ourselves to Death' fame), while possibly right while writing, has been proven wrong. The afterword even plugs a few gaps in the original text. This book will be read by media critics for years to come.
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book, thought provoking and easy reading I really enjoyed this book. The beginning is slow and boring, but it explains itself later on to help the reader understand how we become conditioned (at a young age) to think, react, and learn. If you're a pop-culture junkie, you might want to read this to get the most educational value out of watching TV, Movies and playing Video games. I wasn't impressed with the author's writing style, but this is a book to be judged for content over eloquent literacy.
Date published: 2006-02-02

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Everything Bad is Good for You

by Steven Johnson

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: May 2, 2006

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1101158018

ISBN - 13: 9781101158012

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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 big idea 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. After reading Everything Bad is Good for You, you will never regard the glow of the video game or television screen the same way again.

With a new afterword by the author.

Steven Johnson's newest book, Future Perfect, is now available from Riverhead Books.