Everything Bad Is Good for You

  • by Steven Johnson
  • Narrated by Jason Culp
  • 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Skips sections

Periodically the audio book will skip over a sentence in the book. It also skipped four pages (109-113 depending on your book copy)
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- liz

a good cultural commentary, a little redundant

Maybe it's because he's preaching to the choir in my case, but there were sections of this book that seemed a bit obvious and superfluous to his thesis. That said, there is plenty in this book that I would want everyone to read. The fashionable self deprecation in our culture should stop and this book gives good reasons why it should stop.
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- Citizen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-29-2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio