About this book
Subtitled, "How Popular Culture Is Making Us Smarter". Popular culture is often seen as nothing more than mindless and endless entertainment, but Steven Johnson argues that it's actually making us smarter. Rather than living in an increasingly infantilised society, we are living in one with a more sophisticated and demanding mass culture than ever before.
The author puts forward a radical alternative to the endless complaints about reality TV, throwaway movies and violent video games. In this title, he shows that mass culture - "The Simpsons", "Desperate Housewives", "The Apprentice", "The Sopranos", "Grand Theft Auto" - is actually more sophisticated and challenging than ever before.