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September 26, 2006

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Corey Rayburn Yung

If only it were true. While I want to believe it, I'm always suspicious of embracing a theory which just happens to align itself perfectly with my preexisting preferences. I've certainly learned a lot from pop culture, but a little concept called opportunity cost makes me wonder if I'm really "smarter" because of my time spent watching TV, surfing the web, and arguing endlessly with friends that the 2nd Matrix film was actually the most politically significant of the trilogy.

greglas

I think the best thing about Johnson's book (I haven't read it, but I've read several reviews and heard him talk about the ideas) is that it provides a high-profile counter-weight for simplistic arguments from the other side of the fence.

I strongly suspect, though, that his urge to score his counter-intuitive point gets in the way of more nuanced arguments about media shfits and the goals of all this hyper-stimulated multi-tasking. Malcolm Gladwell likes it, which is a mixed signal to me:
http://www.newyorker.com/critics/books/articles/050516crbo_books

There are some educational theorists that are doing some interesting work in this area, btw --e.g., see Constance Steinkeuhler:

See http://tinyurl.com/khl9c

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