The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
I think those readers are approaching this book the wrong the way when they critisize Gladwell for his inability to prove his points thoroughly. Sure, Gladwell could have dotted every i and crossed every t and shown every counter-example to the theories he's proposing. There's a word for the books that accomplish that: BORING. Gladwell is a storyteller and he knows how to keep...more
When I read this book, back in 2006, I got really mad and wrote a scathing review of it on Amazon.com. Here it is:
"I've been duped!, June 20, 2006
By Sarah (California, USA) - See all my reviews
This book sucks. Don't waste your hard earned money on it. Let me save you a few bucks here: Malcolm Gladwell is either a self-aggrandizing ass who is too busy thinking he is the god of marketing to notice that a great majority of his arguments lack any kind of cohesion or credib...more
Yes, I'm the last person in America to read The Tipping Point, and I'm glad I waited. Now that all the hype has burned off, it's easy to see this book for what it is: a very well crafted collection of half-truths and speculation, sold as "truth".
Let's look at one example. I read The Tipping Point as an ebook, so my pages might not match completely with yours, but it's the s...more
three Rules of the tipping point: the law of the few, the stickyness factor, the power of context.
Law of the Few (people who influence):
- Connectors: super connectors (eg Paul Revere). William Dawes had the same mission as Paul Revere the same night but we haven't heard of him b/c Paul Revere was a super-connector & knew who to rouse.
- Mavens: A Maven is a person who has informat...more
Look, it’s not because the writing is poor, the concepts disorganized, or the book fails to instruct. It’s simply that the ideas are anachronistic. This is no fault of Malcolm Gladwell. He published in 2000, wrote in ‘99, and used case studies from the mid-90’s. How could he have known he was publishing a book about social media on the eve of social media’s inchoate move into our social DeoxyriboNucleicAcid, or that the overgrowth of soci...more
The Tipping Point explains the phenomenon of why some products, businesses, authors, etc become hugely successful (tip) while others never seem to break apart from the masses as anythi...more
Look, it isn’t any of the obvious things you migh...more
The principle focus of The Tipping Point is how small changes, can bring about large effects. With examples such as marketing of Hush Puppies shoes, the broken windows theory, Airwalk shoes, Paul Reveres midnight ride, word of mouth, mass hysteria and more.
Gladwell really captures the spirit...more
The Tipping Point goes out of its way to spell out a concrete agenda right from the start: it is going to explain why certain phenomena spread like wildfire and others do not; why one fad will catch, and another will fizzle; why one message will be passed like an epidemic, and anot...more
If I had Gladwell's attention, I would ask him this: How do you capitalize on your role as either a Connector, Maven, or Salesmen? And what if you are none of the above, but rather a part of the phenomenon-following mob? Can you aspire to a different role than the...more
The three rules of the Tipping Point are the Law of the Few, the Stickiness Factor, and the Power of Context.
The Law of the Few states that the right person can catalyze a big change. Gladwell divides these change agents into three categories:...more
Malcolm Gladwell's basic premise in The Tipping Point: To explain how word-of-mouth is spread.
A couple of the examples he used were how crime was reduced in NYC under Giuliani's reign and how an old, dead-in-the-water brand of shoes seemingly suddenly were selling like hotcakes. But honestly, my favorite bit was the section on Sesame Street.
It's interesting stuff, no doubt with some truth to...more
I had low expectations - I have grown weary of social science books offering radical 'insights'. More often than not, the conclusions are flimsy, and there are contradictions once one tries to actually take something out of it. For example, it says that context is very powerful in shaping behavior, but then later it mentions that the nurture effect is almost zero for children, i.e., it does not matter AT ALL what the p...more
In the afterward, Gladwell explains that word-of-mouth has become increasingly important in the information age. There’s so much information out there that people need help sorting through...more
The "tipping point" for any phenomenon - from the spreading of diseases, trends, ideas and any other social behaviour (including copy cat suicides) - is of interest to health authorities, social scientists and marketeers. I find it interesting that he could dra...more
The Tipping Point is written about specific point in time, the tipping point, when information goes viral, and how the nature of relationships, economics, genetics and pop culture all combine in...more
Note: So I just read a great article about the trouble with Malcolm Gladwell, and feel like I need to further my review now. The article (from Slate) was fantastic, and to summarize, was about why Gladwell uses language to make it seem like his points are laws, yet doesn't provide concrete examples or counter examples to sub...more
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