everything bad for you is good-steven johnson

“The film parodies and cultural sampling of The Simpsons usually get filed away as textbook postmodernism: media riffing on other media. But the Art Vandelay jokes from Seinfeld don’t quite fit the same postmodern mold: they aren’t references that jump from one fictional world to another, they’re references that jump back in time within a single fictional world. I think it’s more instructive to see both these devices as sharing a key attribute: they are comic devices that reward further scrutiny. The show gets funnier the more you study it-precisely because the jokes point outside the immediate context of the episode, and because the creators refuse to supply flashing arrows to translate the gags for the uninitiated. Earlier sitcoms merely demanded that you kept the basic terms of the situation clear on your end; beyond that information you could be amnesiac and you weren’t likely to miss anything.” (87)

this is also why kanye is so great.


One thought on “everything bad for you is good-steven johnson

  1. “First, most studies of reading ignore the huge explosion of reading (not to mention writing) that has happened thanks to the rise of the Internet. Millions of people spend much of their day staring at words on a screen: browsing the Web, reading e-mail, chatting with friends, posting a new entry to one of those 8 million blogs. E-mail conversations or Web-based analyses of The Apprentice are not the same as literary novels, of course but they are equally text-driven. While they suffer from a lack of narrative depth compared to novels, many online interactions do have the benefit of being genuinely two-way conversations: you’re putting words together yourself, and not just digesting someone else’s. Par of the compensation for reading less is the fact that we’re writing more.
    The fact that we are spending so much time online gets to the other, more crucial, objection: yes, we’re spending less time reading literary fiction, but that’s because we’re spending less time doing everything we used to do before.” (183)

    except here at this blog, it appears to be the opposite. i read more than i do anything else. hands down.

    here’s the rest: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&bID=533504128

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