Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter

By Steven Johnson

Disregard every thing you’ve ever examine the age of dumbed-down, instant-gratification tradition. during this provocative, unfailingly clever, completely researched, and strangely convincing enormous proposal ebook, Steven Johnson attracts from fields as various as neuroscience, economics, and media concept to argue that the popular culture we soak in each day—from Lord of the Rings to Grand robbery Auto to The Simpsons—has been turning out to be extra refined with each one passing 12 months, and, faraway from rotting our brains, is absolutely posing new cognitive demanding situations which are truly making our minds measurably sharper. After examining Everything undesirable is sweet for You, you'll by no means regard the glow of the online game or tv monitor an analogous method again.


With a brand new afterword by means of the author.

Steven Johnson's most up-to-date e-book, How We received to Now, is now on hand from Riverhead Books.

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