Last week Steven Johnson spoke at my university and it got me to wondering what people on this list might think of his book, Everything Bad Is Good For You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter. Apart from having a great title, Johnson has an interesting thesis. Contrary to the likes of George Will who argues that we are becoming an "increasingly infantilized society," Johnson argues that the growing sophistication of contemporary popular culture (in the form of games, television, film, and the internet) actually serves to sharpen our cognitive processes. What do LawCulturers make of this thesis? What import might it have for the study of law and culture? For understanding the relationship between law, culture, and democratic authority?