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October 11, 2005

Everything Bad is Good For You

R: I'm trying to catch up on items that I've wanted to post. Now I have some breathing room to do that.

Steven Johnson has published every game designer's wet dream. In the first quarter of 2005 his book, entitled Everything Bad is Good For You, was released with a strong promotional push by his publisher. They included a generous excerpt in the New York Times (Sunday Magazine section I think).

He offers a book-length argument to help us all get over our handwringing about the contents of popular culture. The forms of popular culture, he contends, have been getting more complex. That complexity has been rewiring our brains in ways that our collective society has often found desireable and beneficial.

And so now all of that NSF and NEH money should go to people who make wonderfully complex media with substantive content. My undying gratitude to Mr. Johnson for his eloquent support!

The book at Amazon.com

Steven Johnson's site

Posted by SWEAT at October 11, 2005 09:01 AM


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