[Everything Bad is Good for You Summary] epub By Steven Johnson

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  • Everything Bad is Good for You
  • Steven Johnson
  • English
  • 10 February 2019
  • 9780141018683

Steven Johnson ☆ 8 Download

Read Everything Bad is Good for You Everything Bad is Good for You Download Ó 108 Steven Johnson ☆ 8 Download 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 intelligentSteven 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 A. Despite the critical readers on here giving this book one star for not you know being RELIABLE I m going with four I m rating it based on what I usually rate books on entertainment value That said the logic here is severely shitty Thesis modern films television and other technologies are complex than they used to be People nowadays have slightly higher Is on average than they used to have Therefore modern media is making people smarter This is flawed in too many ways to name but I m gonna give it a shot first of all I don t think Transformers 2 or Harry Potter 6 are really that much complex than Alien or Taxi Driver thankya very much Movies now as I notice every fucking time I go to one FUCKING SUCK THESE DAYS Have y all seen Repo Men Television if we just look at shows like The West Wing House Lost and The Sopranos looks like a pretty thoughtful terrain But we can t forget about 2 and a Half Men The Flava of Love and The Bachelor Television has stations now so the variety is a lot greater than it was back in the days of Green Acres but most of it s still pretty stupid And other technologies Well there s this website which pretty much proves the web is frickin awesome But you know there s also this The web is a pretty mixed bag We have greater ACCESS to knowledge through the web but I don t think that proves the average man in Pennsylvania actually uses it for anything but finding videos of midget sex or watching goofy videos on YouTube No offense to PA that was a totally random state Those are my ualms with the first of the three sentences of his thesis Let me sum up for the rest The I test is fallible and culturally biased and even if sentence 1 and 2 were sufficiently proven the third sentence wouldn t hold true because correlation doesn t prove causation Why would we not assume that as people naturally get smarter through evolution or eating their Wheaties they will start wanting complex forms of entertainment Why is entertainment the cause not the effect Okay done ranting about the logical suckiness at work here THIS BOOK WAS FUN His arguments were outlandish and creative and I would love to think that by watching The West Wing I m strengthening my synapses I d also love to think that my time playing Grand Theft Auto was me challenging myself with a difficult game I personally thought I was just running around and shooting people with flamethrowers The coolest thing was when you were such a menace that the army tanks started coming after you Did anybody actually play that game the way they were supposed to And is The Legend of Zelda any challenging than playing poker or Dungeons and Dragons DD go back a long way and poker a looooooong way So no Homeboy doesn t know what the shit he is saying Read this for some nonfiction entertainment when you want some trash but don t feel like reading something about vampires or killer crabs

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Everything Bad is Good for You

Read Everything Bad is Good for You Everything Bad is Good for You Download Ó 108 Steven Johnson ☆ 8 Download Uto is actually sophisticated and challenging than ever beforeWhen 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 Generatio. This book makes the following its central thesisBecause popular media TV video games movies etc are becoming complex and reuiring cognitive work to process them they are making us smarter This is the so called sleeper curveThe logic of this argument is identical to the claim market heroin is steadily growing in purity therefore heroin is good for us HOW DOES ANYONE BELIEVE THIS RUBBISH It wouldn t have anything to do with the fact that its target audience consists of vapid headed slobs sucking down oreos and 4 hours a day of Joe Millionaire with their globulous buttocks uivering inside their couch cushions desperate for someone to affirm the worth of their pitiful mediacentric existence now would it See Ryan s review from 0604 for some suggestions on why Johnson is an incompetent sociologist as well If you gave this book than 1 star you are an unembarrassed dolt

Read Everything Bad is Good for You

Read Everything Bad is Good for You Everything Bad is Good for You Download Ó 108 Steven Johnson ☆ 8 Download N Xbox'   Financial Times'A must read'  Mark Thompson former Director General of the BBCSteven 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 Esuire The Village Voice com and Discover Magazine and a finalist for the Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism. In Everything Bad is Good for You Johnson attempts to de bunk the popular narrative that the culture industry is making us stupider by feeding us and banal television shows video games and movies He argues for understanding a Sleeper Curve in popular culture that is actually making texts complicated over time That is many video games television shows Internet sites and movies are making us smarter by challenging out mental faculties we have to make mental and social connections these texts leave out information that we have to figure out and they rely on delayed gratification and we have to figure out the rules of the gametext because they aren t told to us explicitly Johnson shows that I tests scores have been improving over the last few decades and while it s problematic to compare I tests across cultures races and locations because the tests probably are biased it s not as problematic to compare them across generations He readily admits that I tests don t actually test all of our mental capacities but rather serve as an indicator that at least gives us some dataI think Johnson provides some pretty good nuance to his book and gives some pretty strong evidence for his case A lot of the first half of the book reads like James Paul Gee s What Video Games Can Teach Us about Learning and Literacy though without the methodological explanation and some of the depth Additionally Johnson is clear to explain that he s not advocating uitting reading books and that books do provide a kind of intellectual work uniue to them He s less likely to see declined book reading as a threat to culture because he notes that all sorts of activities are in decline television viewing movie going etc Also he s not advocating playing video games 247 and he cautions that his book is not about the effects of texts contents eg violence sexism etc He argues that the work of the critic in this instance is to diagram those forces neurological appetites economics of culture industry changing technological platforms not decode them 10 Overall this is a pretty good read and makes a convincing case I am inclined to agree with him though I do wonder about the economic effects of all of this and who benefits and who is left out of his narrative Johnson defending himself against critiues of his book that he is supporting capitalism notes that some of the effects of gaming culture have been to uestion capitalist notions of private property and also states that he sees himself as much of a technological determinist than an economic determinist He doesn t want to ask What is capitalism doing to our minds Rather the uestion is What is the reigning technological paradigm combined with both market and public sector forces doing to our minds 205 While I don t see myself as much of a determinist I do think there is much to be said of the economic conseuences who is getting rich and who is feeding those that get rich Additionally what does it much matter if we are getting cognitively smarter when most those energies are focused on perpetuating a capitalist system Okay that s cynical It matters But from my vantage point systems analysis needs to be coupled with an imagination for what s outside the system what other worlds are possible and how can they be achieved Perhaps this is best left to follow up work to Johnson s text