Gladwell-Foucault Anno Entry

Gladwell-Foucault Anno Entry - Writing 340 A&H/Spring...

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Annotated Bibliograpy: two sample entries, article and book. A sample annotated bibliography entry for an article: Gladwell, Malcolm. “Brain Candy,” an essay/review of Steven Johnson’s Everything Bad is Good for You. The New Yorker Magazine: May 16, 2005. Malcolm Gladwell endorses Steven Johnson’s claim, in “Everything Bad is good for You,” that pop culture (especially in televison, movies, and video games) is making us smarter: these activities engage the viewer/player in collateral learning and require us to master complex problem-solving skills for both social situations and cognitive puzzles. (“Johnson proposes that what is making us smarter is precisely what we thought was making us dumber: pop culture.”) His clearest examples supporting this thesis come from the 53,000 word guide to Grand Theft Audio III, the multiple plot lines of a typical episode of The Sopranos or 24, and the sophisticated allusions to history, culture, and society in shows like The Simpsons or Seinfeld. Books promote linear, explicit learning, but Gladwell argues that we need both types, linear and collateral, to develop our intelligence fully. Most schooling features too much of the explicit type, he complains: “Why are we so enamored of homework? Perhaps because we have so little faith in the
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