The Tipping Point : How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

by Malcolm Gladwell | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0316346624 Global Overview for this book
Registered by HoserLauren of Burlington, Ontario Canada on 6/24/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Sunday, June 24, 2007
I quite enjoyed Blink so when I saw this book on Titletrader, I grabbed it!

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"The best way to understand the dramatic transformation of unknown books into bestsellers, or the rise of teenage smoking, or the phenomena of word of mouth or any number of the other mysterious changes that mark everyday life," writes Malcolm Gladwell, "is to think of them as epidemics. Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread just like viruses do." Although anyone familiar with the theory of memetics will recognize this concept, Gladwell's The Tipping Point has quite a few interesting twists on the subject.

For example, Paul Revere was able to galvanize the forces of resistance so effectively in part because he was what Gladwell calls a "Connector": he knew just about everybody, particularly the revolutionary leaders in each of the towns that he rode through. But Revere "wasn't just the man with the biggest Rolodex in colonial Boston," he was also a "Maven" who gathered extensive information about the British. He knew what was going on and he knew exactly whom to tell. The phenomenon continues to this day--think of how often you've received information in an e-mail message that had been forwarded at least half a dozen times before reaching you.

Gladwell develops these and other concepts (such as the "stickiness" of ideas or the effect of population size on information dispersal) through simple, clear explanations and entertainingly illustrative anecdotes, such as comparing the pedagogical methods of Sesame Street and Blue's Clues, or explaining why it would be even easier to play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon with the actor Rod Steiger. Although some readers may find the transitional passages between chapters hold their hands a little too tightly, and Gladwell's closing invocation of the possibilities of social engineering sketchy, even chilling, The Tipping Point is one of the most effective books on science for a general audience in ages. It seems inevitable that "tipping point," like "future shock" or "chaos theory," will soon become one of those ideas that everybody knows--or at least knows by name.

Journal Entry 2 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, May 03, 2008
In this novel, Gladwell tries to explain what pushes things over the edge to adoption, addiction, and use. For example, when the shoes Hush Puppies made a come back, it was a trend started by a few people in night clubs in New York. Gladwell examines how a few people could create a country-wide trend. He also looks at tipping points for Sesame Street, Blue's Clues, smoking, amongst a variety of other things.

While some of the points that Gladwell brought up were interesting, the book drags on a bit too much, specifically in the introduction chapter. Weirdly enough, I found Gladwell's afterward to be the most interesting chapter. Perhaps because it's the most relevant chapter as Gladwell goes over what he has learned about this book after having written it.

Given the choice between this book and Blink, Gladwell's other book, I would choose Blink.

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, May 06, 2008
This book is with me now

Journal Entry 4 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Gladwell points out that in order to have an epidemic there must be a Tipping Point. Something or someone who causes it. Gladwell gives various examples throughout the book from sales of Hush Puppies to the lowering of the crime rate on the NY subway system. The tipping point is always not what is expected. For instance, cleaning the graffiti lowered the crime rate as a cleaner environment fosters better behaviour.

The author names three types of people that contribute to an epidemic. The Connector,a person who knows lots of people, the Maven, someone who loves to gather information and the salesman. There are also other concepts such as stickiness of the idea or product.

I found out that some of the ideas were not what I expected. A very interesting read!

Journal Entry 5 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Friday, August 22, 2008
This book is back with me!

Journal Entry 6 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Mailed today as a trade to LastMango.

Journal Entry 7 by LastMango from Little Britain, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Received in today's mail. Thanks for the trade!

Journal Entry 8 by LastMango from Little Britain, Ontario Canada on Friday, November 14, 2008
I tried but I just can't get into this book.

Journal Entry 9 by LastMango at -- By post or by hand-ie ring, trade, RABCK, meet, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Released 10 yrs ago (11/27/2008 UTC) at -- By post or by hand-ie ring, trade, RABCK, meet, British Columbia Canada



Sending off to Dunzy in Vancouver.

Journal Entry 10 by Dunzy from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Thanks for this, LM; looking forward to reading it. Sorry about the delay in journalling its arrival.

Journal Entry 11 by Dunzy at Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Saturday, June 12, 2010
Finished (and fully enjoyed) at last. It's less startling and more anecdotal than Gladwell's "Blink"; though the basic notion -- that change or 'progress' is more random than incremental -- is a mite hackneyed by now, the subject makes for interesting reading.

Released 8 yrs ago (7/28/2010 UTC) at Vancouver Public Library: West Point Grey Branch in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada


VPL branch @ 4480 W. 10th -- on brochure counter at entrance. (Half of an illuminating Gladwell twofer.)

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