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3.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 5 3.14 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Johnson Narrator: Jason Culp Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781101546048
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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 The 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tommaso | 9/25/2011

    " Facile, veloce ed interessante. Da un diverso punto di vista su un problema che tutti conosciamo, forse troppo limitante la sua analisi "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 8/19/2011

    " This book is overly earnest and a little bit shallow in terms of research and reliable background information, but I appreciated the counterpoint to all of the fearmongering about video games and other media in the news. I'd like to give it 3.5 stars but 4 it is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 8/2/2011

    " Meh, the ideas were sort of interesting but this is just horribly written. Don't waste your time. It's a book showing you the flaws in books and the pluses of pop culture....genius? More like complete trash. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 8/1/2011

    " Wow. Engagingly written argument against claims that entertainment (TV, film, games, etc) are getting dumber - and dragging us down with them. Some reassurance for those whose pursuits are no more highly cultured than Lost or WoW (My hand's up). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 7/8/2011

    " Interesting argument that modern technology and pop culture is more demanding and helping to make us more intelligent. However, this ignores what is being ignored in the process, the cultural decline, moral fragmentation etc . Nevertheless there is something in what he says. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeramey | 7/6/2011

    " Insightful look into the world of pop culture and how the world perceives it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 6/28/2011

    " Video games are good! So is TV! I'm happy to read a counter-argument to curmudgeonly fears of media. However, the arguments are weak and shallow. "

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About the Author
Author Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of ten books, including How We Got to Now, Where Good Ideas Come From, The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, and Everything Bad Is Good for You. The founder of a variety of influential websites, he is the host and co-creator of the PBS and BBC series How We Got to Now. Johnson lives in Marin County, California, and Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and three sons.

About the Narrator

Jason Culp has been an actor since he was ten years old. He was featured on television in Days of Our Lives and General Hospital, and in the cult film Skinheads. He has narrated a number of audiobooks and has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards.