Everything Bad Is Good for You

Everything Bad Is Good for You

How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter

By Steven Johnson

Riverhead Books, Paperback, 9781594481949, 254pp.

Publication Date: May 2, 2006

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 big idea 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. After reading "Everything Bad is Good for You," you will never regard the glow of the video game or television screen the same way again.

With a new afterword by the author.
Steven Johnson's newest book, "How We Got to Now," is now available from Riverhead Books.

About the Author
Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of "Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life"; "Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software"; and "Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate," A contributing editor to "Wired," he writes for "Discover" magazine, "Slate," and "The New York Times Magazine,"