June 4, 2009
Professor of Economics, George Mason University
in a lively conversation
Is the Web Dumbing Down Our Culture?
Tyler Cowen's next book, due out in July, is Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered
From Amazon: "...the way we think now is changing more rapidly than it has in a very long time.
Not since the Industrial Revolution has a man-made creation -- in this case, the web -- so greatly influenced the way our minds work and our human potential. Cowen argues brilliantly that we are breaking down cultural information into ever-smaller tidbits, ordering and reordering them in our minds (and our computers) to meet our own specific needs....explains why the coming world of Web 3.0 is good for us; why social networking sites such as Facebook are so necessary; what's so great about
'Tweeting' and texting; how education will get better; and why politics, literature, and philosophy will become richer. This is a revolutionary guide to life in the new world."
About Tyler Cowen
"I am a professor of economics at George Mason U. and at the Center for the Study of Public Choice. I am also the Director of both the James Buchanan Center and the Mercatus Center. My lovely wife, stepdaughter and I currently reside in Fairfax,
"Additionally, I write for a blog, The Marginal Revolution: Small steps toward a much better
Since April 2006 he's written a monthly business column for the NY Times.
At his website, you'll find his
New York Times & Slate articles, webcasts, chapters from his books, his pieces on economics of art, on economics of culture, on globalization, economics, and culture, on blending of world culture, on microeconomics, on philosophical issues, on political philosophy, on Virginia Postrel's book "Substance of
Style," his ethnic dining guide, updated 1/09, to N. Virginia/D.C./Maryland area, and his recommendations of book, music, movie and art.
last spoke at Junto in July
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