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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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). "

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