Everything Bad Is Good For You Essay example

1220 Words Dec 4th, 2015 5 Pages
“You’re going to rot your brain out from watching that T.V.!” is a phrase that I heard all too much growing up, as I’m sure many other people did too. However, in today’s age I cannot help but wonder how much validity that phrase now holds. In 2005, the New York Times Magazine published an excerpt of one of Steven Johnson’s books, Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter which address this exact question.
Johnson’s debut in the New York Times made such a splash that it earned its place within the They Say I Say the second edition with readings that was published ten years later in 2010. In Johnson’s excerpt he does not forbear from spewing out his opinion with no mercy while essentially using the title, “Watching TV Makes You Smarter”, as the thesis. Immediately Johnson asserts that TV has rapidly evolved into a more substance based programs instead of programs meant to produce mindless drones drooling on the couch. During this evolution in the world of television, shows have become way more complex and now force you to process more information than ever before.
Johnson demonstrates the progress of TV over the years by comparing modern shows such as 24, and The Sopranos to previous big time TV dramas such as Bonanza or Dragnet. Johnson’s case hinges on the content of 24/The Sopranos and how both shows poses multiple distinct characters that pose their own storyline throughout each episode, which weave together throughout the…

Related Documents