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Everything Bad is Good for You [Download] ➻ Everything Bad is Good for You Author Steven Johnson – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Tune in turn on and get smarter The Simpsons Desperate Housewives The Apprentice The Sopranos Grand Theft Auto We're constantly being told that popular culture is just mindless entertainment But as St Tune in turn on and get smarter The is Good MOBI · Simpsons Desperate Housewives The Apprentice The Sopranos Everything Bad MOBI :Ê Grand Theft Auto We're constantly being told that popular culture is just mindless entertainment But as Bad is Good PDF ✓ Steven Johnson shows it's actually making us intelligent Here he puts forward a radical alternative to the endless complaints about reality TV throwaway movies and violent video games He shows that mass culture is actually sophisticated and challenging than ever before When we focus on what our minds have to do to process its complex multilayered messages it becomes clear that it's not dumbing us down but smartening us up.


About the Author: Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of twelve is Good MOBI · books including Enemy of All Mankind Farsighted Everything Bad MOBI :Ê Wonderland How We Got to Now Where Good Ideas Come From The Invention of Air The Bad is Good PDF ✓ Ghost Map and Everything Bad Is Good for YouHe's the host of the podcast American Innovations and the host and co creator of the PBS and BBC series How We Got to Now Johnson lives in Marin County California.



10 thoughts on “Everything Bad is Good for You

  1. Michael Michael says:

    Despite the critical readers on here giving this book one star for not you know being RELIABLE I'm going with four I'm rating it based on what I usually rate books on entertainment value That said the logic here is severely shitty Thesis modern films television and other technologies are complex than they used to be People nowadays have slightly higher Is on average than they used to have Therefore modern media is making people smarter This is flawed in too many ways to name but I'm gonna give it a shot first of all I don't think Transformers 2 or Harry Potter 6 are really that much complex than Alien or Taxi Driver thankya very much Movies now as I notice every fucking time I go to one FUCKING SUCK THESE DAYS Have y'all seen Repo Men? Television if we just look at shows like The West Wing House Lost and The Sopranos looks like a pretty thoughtful terrain But we can't forget about 2 and a Half Men The Flava of Love and The Bachelor Television has stations now so the variety is a lot greater than it was back in the days of Green Acres but most of it's still pretty stupid And other technologies? Well there's this website which pretty much proves the web is frickin' awesome But you know there's also this The web is a pretty mixed bag We have greater ACCESS to knowledge through the web but I don't think that proves the average man in Pennsylvania actually uses it for anything but finding videos of midget sex or watching goofy videos on YouTube No offense to PA; that was a totally random state Those are my ualms with the first of the three sentences of his thesis Let me sum up for the rest The I test is fallible and culturally biased and even if sentence 1 and 2 were sufficiently proven the third sentence wouldn't hold true because correlation doesn't prove causation Why would we not assume that as people naturally get smarter through evolution or eating their Wheaties they will start wanting complex forms of entertainment? Why is entertainment the cause not the effect? Okay done ranting about the logical suckiness at work here THIS BOOK WAS FUN His arguments were outlandish and creative and I would love to think that by watching The West Wing I'm strengthening my synapses I'd also love to think that my time playing Grand Theft Auto was me challenging myself with a difficult game I personally thought I was just running around and shooting people with flamethrowers The coolest thing was when you were such a menace that the army tanks started coming after you Did anybody actually play that game the way they were supposed to? And is The Legend of Zelda any challenging than playing poker or Dungeons and Dragons? DD go back a long way and poker a looooooong way So no Homeboy doesn't know what the shit he is saying Read this for some nonfiction entertainment when you want some trash but don't feel like reading something about vampires or killer crabs


  2. Arlynda Arlynda says:

    This book is so poorly written that I don't know where to begin By the end of the introduction Steven Johnson has already told us that he doesn't care about morals and apparently neither should we Well I do Knowledge with out serious thought about the implications of misuse of such knowledge is worse than ignorance I think that nuclear technology is amazing but I don't think that we should make bombs out of it and use them Morals helps us to decide how to use technology I think that a discussion of morals is very important to assessing any impact of technology on a society I would tend to think that the increase in the I of the general population has to do with the fact that of us are educated My grandma dropped out of school in eighth grade my grandpa wouldn't have been considered functionally literate A story like that is not as common as it use to be More of the population can read of the population learns about history people learn about science We are well educated Also I have a BS in physics The physics that I was learning as an undergraduate is what people were writing PhD dissertations about and spent their whole lives studying in the early 1900's So one could argue that as an undergraduate in physics I knew physics than did those making amazing discoveries at the beginning of the 20th century That is what an I type test would tell you I don't think it has anything to do with video games and TV I think it has to do with the increase in the breadth and depth of education in our societyDon't read it it is a waste of time Find a good novel there are a bunch on my list curl up and feel like you haven't wasted time in your life


  3. Greg Greg says:

    Correlation and causation; there's a difference and the author doesn't understand it A sensational thesis opens the discussion those once dismissed hours spent playing video games watching reality TV are actually making you smarter Sounds too good to be true right? That depends if you buy the author's argument the average I has continued to rise over the past 30 years due to intellectually demanding media ie complex video games film and television Sadly the author's case fumbles through specious argumentation and an embarrassment non seuiters To wit he boldly asserts the Lord of the Rings film trilogy to be intellectually stimulating than the original Star Wars series Why? Because there are characters That's it That's the argument Aside from Lucas himself citing Tolkien's trilogy as an inspiration for Star Wars the character count should hardly be thought to represents a film's intellectual bent Alas this is the type of evidence you can expect Speaking of evidence the citations annoy the hell out of me As in there aren't any Not one There are a few occasional notes in the back referencing a specific resource for a certain page but these rarely cite statistical scientific studies or sound evidence and no footnotes indicate their inclusion so you never know when to flip back while reading And this is the failing point of the book information stated as fact lacks any statistical backing It makes me wonder if the poor citation format was intentional since the book's scholarship rests on nothing sturdier than conjectureTo be honest this reads like an undergraduate paper looking for those 1000 extra filler words Read it for fun or entertainment or whatever it's not all bad and he makes a few clever insights into our shifting media ingestion But for the love of Durkheim don't consider it science


  4. trivialchemy trivialchemy says:

    This book makes the following its central thesisBecause popular media TV video games movies etc are becoming complex and reuiring cognitive work to process them they are making us smarter This is the so called sleeper curveThe logic of this argument is identical to the claim market heroin is steadily growing in purity therefore heroin is good for us HOW DOES ANYONE BELIEVE THIS RUBBISH? It wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that its target audience consists of vapid headed slobs sucking down oreos and 4 hours a day of Joe Millionaire with their globulous buttocks uivering inside their couch cushions desperate for someone to affirm the worth of their pitiful mediacentric existence now would it? See Ryan's review from 0604 for some suggestions on why Johnson is an incompetent sociologist as well If you gave this book than 1 star you are an unembarrassed dolt


  5. Ryan Ryan says:

    i wanted to throw this book against a wall many many times while reading it my main problem with the book is the lack of data to support the hypothesis that johnson argues if it were simply a polemic arguing that media has become complex and that complexity warrants closer inspection and not dismissal i'd forgive ithowever johnson begins the book by admitting that he isn't a scientist and then goes on to try to support his claims with scientific data i'm not a scientist either but trying to correlate the general trend of rising Is over the past fifty years to the growing complexity of media is absurd he notes that improved education and nutrition could also be responsible for this trend but he still uses the trend in an anecdotal way to support his hypothesis


  6. Kai Schreiber Kai Schreiber says:

    A refreshing thesis and a convincingly told story paired with a healthy dose of cultural and psychological optimism This would ordinarily have gotten four stars from me but I give it five to cancel the silly deluge of very bad reviews based on sciencey catchphrasing and moral biasYes correlation is not causation thanks for the cliché but Johnson doesn't really claim to have good evidence In fact he says uite clearly that he could have made the argument as his evil twins on the other side have done repeatedly purely ad hoc and without any data to back it at all but chose not to in order to encourage research being started And I wholeheartedly agree that too little is done to counter the insulting arguments cropping up every time somebody does something bad and has played a computer game before doing itOf course it is entirely possible likely even that the Flynn effect of rising average Is is caused by a number of other things and that the complexity of entertainment has risen along with the rising demand of audience brains for uality input But Johnson has compelling arguments for technological changes causing complex content mainly the repeatability mechanism in all its forms and repeated exposure to challenging content trains cognition Evidence or no this is hard to dismissBut the most important contribution I feel is the shift of perspective viewing popular culture not as a poison but as something worthy of study an under appreciated form of cultural expression and wholly inadeuate straw man for the need for condescension some cultural factions seem to feel


  7. Lexxi Kitty Lexxi Kitty says:

    I do not specifically recall why I felt this way but I've a vague recollection that this book was both stupid tedious and annoying to get through


  8. Michael Michael says:

    In Everything Bad is Good for You Johnson attempts to de bunk the popular narrative that the culture industry is making us stupider by feeding us and banal television shows video games and movies He argues for understanding a Sleeper Curve in popular culture that is actually making texts complicated over time That is many video games television shows Internet sites and movies are making us smarter by challenging out mental faculties we have to make mental and social connections these texts leave out information that we have to figure out and they rely on delayed gratification and we have to figure out the rules of the gametext because they aren't told to us explicitly Johnson shows that I tests scores have been improving over the last few decades and while it's problematic to compare I tests across cultures races and locations because the tests probably are biased it's not as problematic to compare them across generations He readily admits that I tests don't actually test all of our mental capacities but rather serve as an indicator that at least gives us some dataI think Johnson provides some pretty good nuance to his book and gives some pretty strong evidence for his case A lot of the first half of the book reads like James Paul Gee's What Video Games Can Teach Us about Learning and Literacy though without the methodological explanation and some of the depth Additionally Johnson is clear to explain that he's not advocating uitting reading books and that books do provide a kind of intellectual work uniue to them He's less likely to see declined book reading as a threat to culture because he notes that all sorts of activities are in decline television viewing movie going etc Also he's not advocating playing video games 247 and he cautions that his book is not about the effects of texts' contents eg violence sexism etc He argues that the work of the critic in this instance is to diagram those forces neurological appetites economics of culture industry changing technological platforms not decode them 10 Overall this is a pretty good read and makes a convincing case I am inclined to agree with him though I do wonder about the economic effects of all of this and who benefits and who is left out of his narrative Johnson defending himself against critiues of his book that he is supporting capitalism notes that some of the effects of gaming culture have been to uestion capitalist notions of private property and also states that he sees himself as much of a technological determinist than an economic determinist He doesn't want to ask What is capitalism doing to our minds? Rather the uestion is What is the reigning technological paradigm — combined with both market and public sector forces — doing to our minds? 205 While I don't see myself as much of a determinist I do think there is much to be said of the economic conseuences who is getting rich and who is feeding those that get rich Additionally what does it much matter if we are getting cognitively smarter when most those energies are focused on perpetuating a capitalist system? Okay that's cynical It matters But from my vantage point systems analysis needs to be coupled with an imagination for what's outside the system what other worlds are possible and how can they be achieved? Perhaps this is best left to follow up work to Johnson's text


  9. Daniel Solera Daniel Solera says:

    Ironically this was a difficult read Not because the theme is hard to digest or because Johnson's diction is criminally elevated neither of those are true but because I couldn't really decide whether I believed himThe crux of Johnson's argument relies on the increasing complexity with which our popular culture is deliberately built a complexity which forces its audience to multi task follow and understand multiple narrative threads all the while developing advanced cognitive abilities and therefore becoming “smarter” He then goes on to describe the high level thinking reuired of modern video games movies television shows and the internetI agree with him on only one of four claimsIt's no secret that I love video games so forgive the bias Because of rapid technological advances many of the newest video games play cinematically feature engrossing characters convoluted storylines and play right into Johnson’s argument He freuently cites Grand Theft Auto and popular simulation based games like Civilization and the cultural phenomenon The Sims as landmark games that challenge the intellect much than PacMan In these cases I agree These multifaceted games are possible because of technological innovation and reuired with these improvements are players who can handle tasks of greater difficulty As a footnote it is a mystery why Johnson overlooked Myst an inarguably difficult experience and once the all time bestselling computer game as an exampleBut when it comes to movies and television shows I don’t buy it Although both mediums have benefited from technology and increased budgets saying that newer movies are complicated than older movies is a stretch and Johnson definitely cherry picks his examples He compares “Bambi” to “Finding Nemo” as an example of this progression citing that you have to follow the lives of twenty characters Even though it’s one of my all time favorite movies you can process the majority of “Finding Nemo” by following Marlin Dory and Nemo He even cites the Lord of the Rings trilogy which is based on books that were written sixty years ago To say that modern films are complex today than they were in decades past is an obviously visual one not one at all based on narrative techniue But that’s just meFinally the most criminal case he makes is that of the internet Like his modus operandi for the previous three arenas Johnson picks only the true virtues of the internet to illustrate his point and conveniently avoids the intellectual perils of Twitter Facebook MySpace etc He also reassures us that though we are reading fewer books we are “spending much of our day staring at words on a screen browsing the Web reading e mail chatting with friends posting a new entry to 8 million blogs” 183 Because nothing increases our intelligence like reading amateurish articles devoid of any proofreading This is the kind of apologetic ass covering that plagues this book from start to finishIn short no I don’t think reality television promotes high level thinking movies today are no less compelling and layered than they were forty years ago and reading blogs over published works by reputable authors doesn’t make you a smarter person Sure you can make an argument for each of those if you pick and choose but all in all I’m not sold


  10. Clif Clif says:

    This little book might be considered a tiny landmark no let's call it a bookmark in the history of Western manTime was just about everything that brought pleasure in this world was said to be bad by authority the church Even such harmless things as dancing or getting a little rowdy with too much wine could bring on guilt One dared not speak of sex Going to confession to escape guilt was a very common activity in the hope of forgiveness Agreement was general that only the next world was a good place while this one was laced with traps set by the devil to take a good soul off the straight and narrow path to salvation in the afterlifeThank goodness we've left that time behind And have we ever Entertainment is now everywhere in a multitude of forms all very enticing leaving a person in a fix about how to spend time There are critics of popular culture but they are ignored by a populace that spends billions on everything from video games to movies to cable TV Fun is the word of the day and would anyone even think of feeling bad about too much entertainment?There must be a few else who would be interested in this little book that seeks to soothe anyone who feels a tad guilty for pursing leisurely things We live in Disneyworld now where restraints are gone and those importuning us to have fun for a fee are smiling at us from all sidesBack in those long gone times of oppressive moral guilt an author would have appealed to some aspect of religion to soothe it It might be written that Jesus enjoyed a glass of wine from time to time and that he was all about forgiveness There'd have to be a moral slant that you are a better person because of the little pleasures you enjoy now and thenBut these days science is all and unless one can make some kind of hypothesis about real facts that can be tested and evaluated there'd be no credibilitySteven Johnson takes up this challenge attempting to show that our brains are improved by all the TV watching the video gaming the movie going that we do Sit on the couch watching Naked and Afraid or bend over the Xbox controller with Red Dead Redemption II and you're beefing up your brain without even realizing it He cautions that you shouldn't spend your life playing Final Fantasy or watching reruns of The Simpsons just as the ancient Greeks said everything in moderation nothing to excess Point takenThe book isn't long but it does take patience to wade through the examples he gives of scenes from West Wing or Hill Street Blues that he believes challenge our thinking processes I Love Lucy was just plain silly compared to the deep plots and complicated action we now follow While we've been enjoying the ride all along these shows are pulling us on to ever greater mental ability as they get complicated He's eager to report that I scores have been steadily improving surely our immersion in popular culture has been responsible no? It's just not right to claim we've been dumbed downI've spent some time reporting on a book I give only two stars I do so because he ignores glaring problems with immersion in entertainment that dwarf the supposed mental improvement that comes from media stimulationIf you do anything other than stare at a wall you are going to get better at it and the parts of your brain involved with what you do will develop Whether this is meaningful and can be transferred to other things you do is open to uestion I'm sure you've seen the drawings of the brain that show the size of the different parts in proportion to the work they do The tongue and lips get lots of territory because we use them so intensively These days the neural territory claimed by the thumb must be growing daily due to smartphone use I ride a bicycle often after dark when I might just be out for a ride or possibly going for groceries It's scary Not because I'm afraid of the dark but because I pass house after house where there is a huge flat screen flashing pretty colors I know that in front of all those screens are people each possessing the most amazing mental organ known passively watching what is presented to them something which they have voluntarily turned on to the exclusion of all the other things they could be doing House after house after house Why not aren't there hundreds of channels DVD's streaming services? Steven Johnson tells us they are all improving their minds without thinking I would say probably many of them are seeking not to think as they watch after a day's work Surely they are thinking less than if they were working on a project in the basement Thinking less than if they took a walk around the block where they might meet a neighbor if TV news hadn't convinced everyone that sidewalks at night are dangerous Thinking less than if they were conversing with each other about the need to do something about all the problems pressing in on us instead of banishing thought watching the endless cornucopia of video that covers and of the wall as flat screens get bigger and bigger Religion may have been an opium of the people but it can't begin to compare with video Many way too many Americans are in dire straits strung out on opioids deep in debt fearful of their fellow citizens afraid of job loss or a medical bill You'd think they might be out in the streets making a fuss for change but each night it's back on the couch with remote in hand That's a terrible misuse of the brain choosing inaction when action is so needed Joe Public has little but at least he can watch the rich beautiful and famous in full color and accept what he is told that has no bearing on his neighborhood as the newsI play video games They're fun They may be building my hand eye coordination and I am sure I am getting better with my Xbox controller I travel in fantastic realms the scenery is breathtaking in The Witcher 3 to the extent that I sometimes stop killing things and just enjoy looking around at beautiful fields of flowers waving in the virtual breeze backed by towering snow capped mountains while the real world is imperiled Dialog and characters really are getting interesting The magical power I have at my fingertips is AWESOME But it's all make believe and I'm learning about pointless things My intense curiosity won't settle for it I want real world knowledge I seek wisdom that can never be imparted by fantasies in which one can never die one can never lose just start again and again until you succeed or check the Internet and where one can get bored yes that terrible thing that once was always ready to strike but can now be kept forever at bay by endless distraction endless amusement that reuires zero mental investment even if parts of the brain are stimulatedDon't bother with this book Instead take up drawing take up hiking take up public speaking teach yourself fully about just one single major issue that faces us so you can speak about it with knowledge rather than empty opinion Entertainment is fine but it isn't life and it is a tremendous time killer with psychological research viewer studies and high tech advances directed toward luring you inIf you feel a bit guilty for indulging in all the things that are offered you at great reward to those offering it you should Be the fish that has misgivings about the bait Hold the fabulous world of popular culture at a distance when it sits right in your living room an insidious kaleidoscope the opposite of a stimulant to the intellect dangerous to your mind for offering vicarious action to passivity something Steven Johnson all but brushes aside


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