First a quick plug: Boston area people, come see my talk at Harvard tonight!
Since the Times article on TV ran on Sunday, there have been literally hundreds of responses to the argument, online and off, so I'm only going to be able to capture a few of them here. Next week will see a pretty steady onslaught of reviews and radio/TV interviews that will last at least a few weeks. I'll try to alert you all to the more interesting ones, and also give you the full rundown on the book tour, for those of you who want to come out to a signing.
A few highlights from the response thus far:
Anil likes my charts! (Great post, by the way -- I had totally missed the sparklines idea.)
Reason's Hit & Run section: "10 or 15 years ago, Newsweek ran a story on how 'dumb' popular culture had purportedly gotten, a claim it tried to back up by citing what were actually some of the era's sharpest satires: Not only was the reporter upset with Beavis and Butt-head, but the cover illustration included a headshot of Bart Simpson. Maybe the press is getting smarter, too."
Slate's TV critic Dana Stevens calls my theory "deeply, hilariously bogus." And she hates the charts!
One of my favorites, neuropsychologist Anthony Risser posts on his excellent Brainblog: "It has always struck me as odd that people criticize television watching as mindless entertainment. Hardly mindless. Attentional and memory demands, abstraction, requirements imposed by presentation of diverse vantage points, fast pacing, and so on, all point to fairly active neurocognition. Indeed, in some of my rehabilitation patients, I often assign choosing and watching a favorite TV show as an adjunctive and supportive 'at home' task."
Sippey wants to know whether "Johnson uses his upcoming book to dive into his hypothesis that there's economic incentive behind the 'Sleeper Curve.'" I do! At least a little...
Really interesting, though critical, response at Madisonian.net: "Every one of my intellectual and emotional impulses wants to scream: This can't be right."
Just the tip of the iceberg, and I'm definitely leaving out some other favorites, but I have to catch the Shuttle up to Boston now. See some of you tonight, I hope!