“In this book, the author coopts the idea of self-organized criticality, simplifies it for a business audience and then never credits Per Bak, whose work he is actually presenting.”Royce W wrote this review Saturday, June 14, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Tipping Point is a must-read for anyone that deals with marketing of ideas or products. Gladwell uses interesting case studies to explain how a single incident can become a trend or "epidemic". I found the book both thought-provoking and entertaining. I'll probably re-read this soon.”Timothy Gray wrote this review Friday, June 13, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very interesting read, good insight into how "grass roots" efforts can be successful.”Sean W wrote this review Monday, June 2, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Rebecca read this first, and now I recommend it. Author explains why things (ideas, fashions, viruses, technology, etc.) at some point - the tipping point - change from sparse to epidemic/widely-used status. Easy to read but very thought provoking.”Margaret F wrote this review Sunday, June 1, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked this book. A very fascinating read--I had a hard time putting it down. Great discussion points.”Tiffany G wrote this review Friday, May 30, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another book demonstrating the incapacity of the human mind of understanding how the modern world works. The connection between cause and effect is not linear, as Gladwell demonstrates sometimes small actions from a small group of people trusted in their community can make great changes through influencing other people. Its a great read to go with Nassim Taleb's writing on the black swan.
Gladwell points out how affected our actions are by the situation they appear in. We try to explain how people react around us by judging the as having absolute intrinsic qualites (fundamental attributional error), but people can have opposing sides (outgoing, reserved) depending on the situation. Survivor personality by Al Siebert goes further into this. The tipping point is a interesting read with good examples throughout on those social pandemics created from some small seed, as well as many other interesting notes, such as the maximum size of an efficent organzation (150).
further reading from this book:
Emotional Contagion, Hatfield et al.
Nurture Assumption, Harris et al.
Gore & associates http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/89/open_gore.html”
“Another great book from the author Malcolm Gladwell, I read his “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking” first. The books talks about things, however small it may be, can tip at some point and make a big difference. He talks about Hushpuppy shoo brand which was dying, came back because of a few men think differently. I enjoyed reading this book and I could relate some of my experience too. In chapter 4, The Power of Context (Part one), he talks about character and here is his definition of character, “Character … isn’t what we think it is or, rather, what we want it to be. It isn’t a stable, easily identifiable set of closely related traits, and it only seems that way because of a glitch in the way our brains organized. Character is more likely a bundle of habits and tendencies and interests, loosely bound together and dependent, at certain times, on circumstance and context”. ”Xavier Neduveli wrote this review Friday, May 23, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I listened to the author in audio version. The book is similar to his other work, a look at how mass psychology works to "tip" events into social epidemics. It's fast and fun. Wnat to know why people suddenly like formerly dorky Hush Puppies? Wonder why Airwalk shoes were the rage for a while? Why New York crime rates fell? What influences teen shooters in schools? Gladwell has thoughts on all of these”sthurner wrote this review Friday, October 31, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No