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Unformatted text preview: Hwang 1 Kelly Hwang ENGL 161 30 August 2011 WP 1 (2 nd D) Steven Johnson states in his book, Everything Bad Is Good For You , that, “mass culture [is] growing more sophisticated”, “more complex and [more] intellectually challenging” and therefore “demanding more cognitive engagement” out of the audience and “making our minds sharper” (Johnson xv). The standard way of thinking about today’s popular culture has it that forms of entertainment are a big waste of time and an advertisement of sex and violence. On one hand, Steve Allen argues that “the entertainment industry has pushed the content envelope too far; television and films filled with sex, violence, and profanity send strong negative messages to the youth of America” (Johnson 12). On the other hand, Steven Johnson contends that popular culture is not ‘dumbing down’ but is being beneficial to the general population in his book Everything Bad Is Good For You by suggesting the theory of “the Sleeper Curve”: “the most debased forms of mass diversion … turn out to be nutritional” (9) on the basis of the “neurological appetites of the brain, the economics of the culture...
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- Fall '08
- Popular culture studies, sleeper curve