This book is a good listen for those interested in understanding how messages and ideas, both positive and negative, can spread widely in society. It defines three critical players in reaching the tipping point, connectors, mavins and salesmen and emphasizes the importan ce of a "sticky" message to reach the tipping point. This is relevant to those with an interest in spreading a message or stopping the spread of a message.
There is a very interesting exploration comparing the "stickiness" of Sesame Street to that of Blue's Clues. I never understood how my kids could stand Blue's Clues. Now I do. I also have greater insight into what it takes to hone a "sticky" message.
This book is not a page turner but amply interesting to keep going. I found listening for about 50 minutes a day worked great. It left time to think about each section before moving on.
This is one of the better audiobooks I have downloaded and one of the best of Gladwell's work.
Malcolm is a master storyteller as well as a sociologist. I find his narration of his own work essential to helping create the tone of wonderment and mystery-solving that he brings to everything he does.
I found it hard to stop listening and I often played the book while carrying my iPod around my apartment in my pocket!
Although I feel that Gladwell stretches a little bit to make his thesis at a few points, this is an overall interesting book and well worth your listen. It is entertaining and enlightening.
I have not read the print version so can't compare.
The part about Sesame Street and Blue's Clues
Eye-Opening, Smart, Entertaining.
It reminded me of Freakonomics because of how statistics were used to explain things and the issues discussed (both books talked about reasons why the crime rate dropped in the 90s). But I thought Tipping Point was better than Freakonomics because it had more of a unifying theme.
Read this after Outliers- in addition to feeling "dated" (written 10+ years ago), I found many of the examples/stories to feel less connected than the later book.
This book wanders a bit - as do his others - but it has lots of very interesting studies and theorems
well worth the read
The explanation of non-intuitive causes.
Easy to follow.
The music was annoying and insulting. I didn't need music to tell me that the author was summing up or drawing conclusions. Yuk!
People who believe everything they think.
I will listen to this book several more times. With each listening, things missed at first will become more ovious.
Outlers is by the same author and gives just as much to think about. While you may not agree with all Gladwell has to say, it will certainly give you pause.
Two scenes stand out: The ride of Paul Revere and his less famous counterpart. The other is how concentrating on low-level crime in New York precipitated a steep decline in serious crime.
I'm not sure this book would translate into film.