Everything Bad Is Good For You

Author(s): Steven Johnson
CD - unabridged
Audio (5 discs)
Product Number: C00704
Released: May 30, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781464032226
Narrator/s: Jason Culp
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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Mind Wide Open comes a groundbreaking assessment of popular culture as it's never been considered before: through the lens of intelligence. 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.

Professional reviews

"Johnson's insights into the increasing complexity of popular culture will raise the eyebrows of many critics. Narrator Jason Culp's deep, slightly scratchy voice keeps listeners focused on the author's nuggets of wisdom. Johnson identifies substantial evidence showing that video games, television, the Internet, and other entertainment actually reflect a common culture that is smarter than it was 50 years ago and is becoming even more dynamic and demanding. Culp balances the seriousness of Johnson's claims with the excitement of what they mean for society. Culp also does well with his pacing and emphasis. As Johnson moves into different fields of knowledge, Culp provides appropriate emphasis to ensure listener understanding. L.E. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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