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In an age of media fragmentation, here

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 03, 2006

In an age of media fragmentation, here are ten cultural events that are still shared collective experiences among US citizens, including the Super Bowl, Harry Potter, and The Da Vinci Code.

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Steven Johnson says watching TV makes you smarter

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 24, 2005

Steven Johnson says watching TV makes you smarter. The argument is that media has had to get more cognitively challenging to hold the attention of viewers. Evolutionarily speaking, attention is the scarce commodity that creates competition here, driving adaptation in the direction of more social and narrative complexity to hold that attention.