Gladwell on “Everything Bad”

The New Yorker: The Critics: Books: “Americans — at least, as measured by I.Q. tests — were getting smarter… I.Q. scores showed a steady upward trajectory, rising by about three points per decade… test scores have continued to rise — not just in America but all over the developed world… In the wonderfully entertaining “Everything Bad Is Good for You” (Riverhead; $23.95), Steven Johnson proposes that what is making us smarter is precisely what we thought was making us dumber: popular culture.”

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