About the Author
Steven Johnson is the author of the national bestsellers Everything Bad Is Good for You and Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life, as well as Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software and Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate.
Though the research behind Johnsons theories proves interesting, most critics found a few quirks in the construction of its delivery. Driven by a fervent desire to prove that todays media are more beneficial to the human mind than they are damaging, Johnson, author of several books on science and technology (see Mind Wide Open
, **** May/June 2004), fails to adequately define his agenda other than showcasing his research. Though his prose is captivating and his enthusiasm infectious, Johnson does not muster enough evidence to prove that todays games and television shows help ones mind; and yet, in his defense, there doesnt seem to be enough evidence proving him wrong. Either way, Everything Bad Is Good for You
is a creative, flawed look at a society where the term "reality" refers to television rather than, um, reality.
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