October 04, 2006

Teenage brain scan

Cover scan

This is the front cover of the New Yorker’s special education issue. I always enjoy the New Yorker, but I generally associate it with insight and smart analysis relating to politics, arts and culture; it’s the antithesis of trendy, cool or “youth”. So I was tickled half to death by their estimate of what goes on inside an (american) teenager’s head. Of course, I have no real idea of whether they’re on the money or not; I’m just as badly placed to judge as I had presumed that they would have been. But it seems like a plausible guess to me.


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  1. Stuart Coles

    The section for Jessica Alba is far too small :)

    04 Oct 2006, 10:28

  2. I’d guess World of Warcraft instead of Counter-Strike. Or both.

    04 Oct 2006, 11:10

  3. Allan Smith

    I spent at least 30 seconds wondering why American kids were fixated with mango until I realised I’d read it wrong.

    04 Oct 2006, 11:27

  4. Duncan

    Apart from that fact that the brain flows over into the hair, I would say that it’s a pretty accurate diagram. Most teenagers really are quite hair-brained. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m off to get some more “head shots” on counter strike and record it on my brother’s video I-Pod!

    04 Oct 2006, 15:31

  5. More space for Youtube surely. That’s way more addictive than any of the other brain sections.

    04 Oct 2006, 23:48

  6. Allan Smith

    Surely kids don’t give a shit about Snoop Dogg nowadays?

    05 Oct 2006, 12:52


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