TV Is Good For The Mind?

from the hmmm dept

Maybe this week is the week we learn various bad habits are good. Last week we had some issues with a questionable study suggesting that emailing and text messaging made you stupid, but today we've already had an article suggesting the easy access to porn may have benefits for children and Steven Johnson has an excerpt from his new book Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter published in the NY Times focusing on how today's TV may make people smarter than TV in the past. Again, it's easy to raise questions about the claim -- since it's not supported (at least not in the excerpt) with any data, but just anecdotes and conjecture. However, the basic concept is that it's much more complicated to follow plot, character and story lines in today's television than it was in the past -- and you need to be a bit more aware mentally to keep up.


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    Mitchell, Oct 5th, 2005 @ 7:15am

    Smart couch potatoes

    I agree. I have never been one to care much for TV, but last night I watched a couple of shows that were not only challenging my ability to keep up with the actors and the plots, these movies also made me wonder and try to create possible solutions for the characters.
    Mitchell

     

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    Shows I Watch, Mar 3rd, 2006 @ 11:00pm

    TV

    Now I have an excuse for watching "smart" TV shows like 24 =)

     

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    scott spencer, Apr 23rd, 2007 @ 11:45am

    my name is not scoot:O

    hello i am scooter spencer and i think tv is ausome i am a fellow couch potato and personally love the television
    :)

     

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    scott spencer, Apr 23rd, 2007 @ 11:45am

    my name is not scoot:O

    hello i am scooter spencer and i think tv is ausome i am a fellow couch potato and personally love the television
    :)

     

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