The New York Times > Magazine > Watching TV Makes You Smarter
No more "Boob Tube"?
I wasn't too sure how to take till until I read through the whole thing
Then read the tag line
Steven Johnson was the lunchon speaker at PCForum '04
Bottom line, Prime Time has more complex story lines, and "Sub Prime" such as "Reality" TV is more like complex games where you have to learn the rules while you play.
Multiple Theading - example's from Hill St. Blues with mulitple story lines, through The Sopranos
Flashing Arrows - cues to the layperson as to what's important (the person asking questions of the scientist in the lab)
Social networks - how games like "Survivor" or "The Apprentice" are played
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