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Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Riverhead Books
Publication date May 2, 2006
Pages 254
Binding Paperback
Edition 1 reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781594481949
ISBN-10 1594481946
Dimensions 1 by 5.25 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
Summaries and Reviews
An analytical argument for the intellectual benefits of popular elements from modern pop culture, including video games and reality TV programs, explains how today's electronic games and television shows have contributed to higher IQ scores and may be helping people to develop improve cognitive abilities. Reprint. 75,000 first printing. description: Product Description: From the New York Times bestselling author of How We Got To Now and Farsighted

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.

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1 reprint edition from Riverhead Books (May 2, 2006)
9781594481949 | details & prices | 254 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $16.00
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