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Publisher's Summary

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 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.
©2006 Steven Johnson (P)2006 Penguin Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By stacey nelson on 03-17-18

nice to hear "the rest of the story"

I like how Johnson doesn't make bold claims just solid claims that can be backed up with his research.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 01-15-18

great material, but outdated.<br />

If you are truly interested in the topics of this book, there are many more modern adaptations of the idea that have taken this research further.

It was a great book, and I believe the author was ahead of the curve at the time, but when he is talking about technology, we are leaps and bounds ahead of where he mentions in the book.

Although it is somewhat comforting to validate the information.

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