Everything Bad is Good for You
How Popular Culture is Making Us Smarter
By (author) Steven Johnson
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Everything Bad is Good for You by Steven Johnson
Book DescriptionWe'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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780141018683
(201mm x 132mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Steven Johnson
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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