TEDTalks favorite Steven Johnson has been guestblogging at boingboing.net — and this post will resonate with anyone who is cooped up indoors with a small child this season: The case against Candy Land. The essay (and the discussion afterward) touches on the nature of play, the utter futility of the game Battleship, and the idea that today’s young children — who play the Wii almost from birth — are maybe going to be smarter than we are.
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Steven Johnson’s new book, Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age, tackles subjects ranging from underground music video makers to New York’s 311 telephone service to the planning of the French railway system to Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger and the “miracle on the Hudson.” His point? That new solutions to old problems are […]
Last month, Google released a new video service, allowing users to preview and purchase videos online. If you’ve yet to try the service out — and you just don’t have time to troll for content — here’s an easy way to preview: Spend 20 minutes and 99 cents watching Steven Johnson (TED03) on the Charlie […]