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Why did crime in New York drop in the mid-90s? Why is teenage smoking out of control? Why are television shows like Sesame Street good at teaching kids how to read?
In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.
Gladwell uncovers the personality types who are natural pollinators of new ideas and trends. He analyzes fashion trends, smoking, children's television, direct mail and the early days of the American Revolution for clues about making ideas infectious.
The Tipping Point is an intellectual adventure story with an infectious enthusiasm for the power and joy of new ideas. Most of all, it is a road map to change, with a profoundly hopeful message: that one imaginative person applying a well-placed lever can move the world.
©2007 Malcolm Gladwell; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
"Gladwell, a New Yorker staff writer, offers an incisive and piquant theory of social dynamics that is bound to provoke a paradigm shift in our understanding of mass behavioral change." (Booklist)
"Hip and hopeful, The Tipping Point is like the idea it describes: concise, elegant, but packed with social power. A book for anyone who cares about how society works and how we can make it better." (George Stephanopoulos)
This is a staple book for anyone in business or trying to understand their cultures social dynamics.
Some indication where he was headed? It seemed like an unending stream of mildly interesting anecdotes, or I assume he though they were interesting; I didn't.
Something with content, I hope.
I guess so, I mostly heard Malcolm droning on about events that happened around him, I assume.
The author's part?
Sorry I didn't return it sooner for a credit.
what a way to make sure I get my walks in. This way you can move and still be lost in a book.
I would recommend it to everyone. It makes sense out of chaos. Or what you think is chaos.
Trying to understand the teenage world.
How nobody knows how they will act in any situation.
Makes You Think
William Daws - because he did everything the same like Paul Revere, but wasn't as connected to the communities, and wasn't paid attention to...
I did... It really made me think of how basic it is to make something go viral... While the book was written in 2001 and audiobooked in 2007, it could've written the textbook for Youtube,etc videos...
the first 75% of the book was great... then the author kinda ran out of steam... Still recommend the book highly tho... Also, there was random music over the narration sometimes... It sounded like he was coming to the end of a chapter, and then the music faded out and he kept talking... Very weird...
Sharply Opinionated Know-it-all. Gallows Humor. Hollywood Insider.
Admittedly, it took me months to get going with this book. Many stop-starts.
It baffled me that with such great reader reviews - I couldn't get hooked.
Well, like almost everything in life, it had to be about ME. Which is to say, as soon as I saw how I could personally benefit from the information, I was dedicated to every word.
I can't be alone here. Aren't we always more interested when it concerns our needs? It's the classic, "What's in it for me?" query.
As a part-time college teacher, I soon began to see ways I could incorporate his concepts into my lesson plans. In this case, an Interpersonal Communication course. The beauty is that he takes scholarly findings and applies them to real-life examples from various fields (e.g., business, the arts) while also expanding their implications for one's life.
The key, however, is Malcolm Gladwell is also a world-class narrator. As we all know, not all authors make great narrators.
True, only Christopher Hitchens can deliver his lines with such acerbic aplomb. However, Eckhart Tolle's work would be better served with a far more pleasant-sounding messenger.
To his great credit, Mark Leibovich, who has a perfectly nice voice, never-the-less wisely chose the terrific Joe Barrett for This Town.
It makes a difference how the message is delivered, and it certainly does in the case of The Tipping Point.
The point is this: A book is ultimately not about the author - after it leaves his/her hands - it is about the reader. In the case of The Tipping Point, Gladwell understands this as both a writer and narrator.
The book is very interesting, but I had to listen to it at 2X to stay engaged, the narrator was too slow
Yes and more so
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