The Slipping Point

Usually I’d link this, but it’s in print, not online.

Clive Thompson on the “Uh, so, turns out…” genre of books.

It’s not hard to see why writers and publishers have pushed this conceit. It’s an easy play. there’s a lot of fascinating social-science research going on; all a writer needs to do is search out some new finding that (purportedly) cuts against the grain of conventional wisdom…I understand why writers do it. But the bigger puzzle is on the other side of the cash register. Why are readers so into it?

- Clive Thompson, “The Slipping Point,” Wired, Sep 2012

Edit: Now online