Goodness, an embarrassment of riches. Now Takchess has posted about the book Everything Bad is Good for You, the premise being “that some of the new trends in pop culture are making us smarter. That popular media Television, Video Games, Movies are becoming more complex and engaging and improving our analytical skills.”
I have often wondered specifically about multitasking . The stereotype of the teen doing homework, IMing and listening to his iPod with the TV on – while a colleague tells me that rigorous studies indicate that when you multitask your ability to absorb & recall new information is clearly diminished, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the ability to execute multiple cognitive tasks more or less simultaneously isn’t valuable.
But if you’re trying to learn something new, by all means turn off all distractions and concentrate.