Everything Bad is Good for You: How Popular Culture is Making Us Smarter

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Penguin Books Limited, abr. 6, 2006 - 256 páginas
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We're constantly being told that popular culture is just mindless entertainment - but, as Steven Johnson shows in Everything Bad is Good for You, it's actually making us more intelligent. Steven Johnson puts forward a radical alternative to the endless complaints about reality TV, throwaway movies and violent video games. He shows that mass culture - The Simpsons, Desperate Housewives, The Apprentice, The Sopranos, Grand Theft Auto - is actually more sophisticated and challenging than ever before. When we focus on what our minds have to do to process its complex, multilayered messages, it becomes clear that it's not dumbing us down - but smartening us up. 'As witty as Seinfeld and as wise as ER'
  New Statesman 'Wonderfully entertaining'
  Malcolm Gladwell 'A vital, lucid exploration of the contemporary mediascape'
  Time Out 'A guru for Generation Xbox'
  Financial Times 'A must-read'
  Mark Thompson, former Director-General of the BBC Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of Mind Wide Open, Where Good Ideas Come From, and Emergence: The Connected Lives Of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software, named as one of the best books of 2001 by Esquire, The Village Voice, Amazon.com, and Discover Magazine, and a finalist for the Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism.

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Interesting premise. - Goodreads
Disagreed with the premise, and the rest just followed. - Goodreads
Interesting insights into gaming and contemporary TV. - Goodreads
Good writer; I enjoy his stuff. - Goodreads
Decent premise, gets old & repetitive pretty quickly. - Goodreads
A rather black and white approach to storytelling. - Goodreads

Review: Everything Bad is Good for You

Reseña de usuario  - Joyce Koor - Goodreads

Interesting proposition about how modern mass media like video games and the Internet are 'good' for you but it reads like a dry essay at times.... I felt compelled to skip some parts that were ... Leer reseña completa

Review: Everything Bad is Good for You

Reseña de usuario  - Richard Janzen - Goodreads

I see that many people have rated this book very poorly. It does have weaknesses and flaws. I rated it higher simply because it challenged my thinking about whether or not things like the prevalence ... Leer reseña completa

Sobre el autor (2006)

Steven Johnson is the author of the US bestseller Mind Wide Open. His previous book, Emergence: The Connected Lives Of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software, was named as one of the best books of 2001 by Esquire, The Village Voice, Amazon.com, and Discover Magazine. It was named as a finalist for the Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism. He is also the author of the 1997 book, Interface Culture. Johnson's writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, Harper's, and the Guardian, as well as on the op-ed pages of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He writes the monthly 'Emerging Technology' column for Discover magazine, and is a Contributing Editor to Wired. The co-founder of the award-winning web sites FEED and Plastic.com, Johnson teaches at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program, and has degrees in Semiotics and English Literature from Brown and Columbia Universities. Steven Johnson also hosts a web log at www.stevenberlinjohnson.com.

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