The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
The Tipping Point How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference Author:Malcolm Gladwell "Why did crime in New York drop so suddenly in the mid-90s? How does an unknown novelist end up a bestselling author? Why is teenage smoking out of control, when everyone knows smoking kills? What makes TV shows like Sesame Street so good at teaching kids how to read? Why did Paul Revere succeed with his famous warning? In this brilliant and gr... more »oundbreaking book, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in our society so often happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Ideas, behavior, messages, and products, he argues, often spread like outbreaks of infectious disease. 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. In The Tipping Point, Gladwell introduces us to the particular personality types who are natural pollinators of new ideas and trends, the people who create the phenomenon of word of mouth. He analyzes fashion trends, smoking, children's television, direct mail and the early days of the American Revolution for clues about making ideas infectious, and visits a religious commune, a successful high-tech company, and one of the world's greatest salesmen to show how to start and sustain social epidemics. The Tipping Point is an intellectual adventure story written 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."« less
The first half of the book is very good, but gets bogged down quickly. I found the information on many of the pychological experiments fascinating, although I didn't always see the relevance to his premise. The biggest problem for me was that, as he did in his book "Blink," he makes his point ... then belabors it. I'd rather there have been less details on more examples rather than such extreme details on a few. His chapter on Sesame Street and Blues Clues, for example, went on far too long.
Excellent book. I really enjoyed the author's writing, and his research and analysis was fascinating. If you want to understand things about society, whether you're doing it for business or just for knowledge, this is a great book.
This book was interesting and gave me some new ways of seeing how things change in society. However, I felt the book was a bit long, especially towards the end where it just kept repeating the same information already discussed in previous chapters. I found the last few chapters slow reading and had to force myself to finish the book.
This book does drag a bit at times, but I still thought it was very interesting. I actually really enjoyed reading about the real-life studies and situations that were used to demonstrate the ways in which a very small change can have a huge effect, even making the difference between a major success and epic failure. When you read and learn what a profound difference a fairly small number of people or a relatively small act (such as cleaning up graffiti in the subway system, or arresting fare-beaters) can have on a large scale, it really does make you view situations differently. Suddenly the reasoning behind a lot of things makes more sense, even if it logically seems strange. While I wouldn't list it as one of my favorite books, it was very interesting and well worth reading.
One of my all-time favorites in non-fiction, The Tipping Point keeps you riveted. Malcolm Gladwell's writing style is easy to read and infinitely informative. Although much of the idea behind The Tipping Point can be about marketing products, it is so much more than that. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to make a change in our world. Gladwell clearly explains trends we never heard about from mainstream media. He studies human behavior carefully and gives some unique observations. Once you've read this, you'll want to read all of his work!
Malcolm Gladwell has a gift for making you think about the world around you in a completely different manner. This book leads you to contemplate why things happen the way they do, a new twist on cause and effect. I have several of his audio books and keep them in my car to listen while I drive. He's not only a great author, but an excellent narrator as well.
Not many "aha" moments in this one, and I found myself saying "duh" out loud several times, but it was an interesting look at how trends get started. Included are definitions of the concepts of connectors (people that know a lot of other people), mavens (people who know a lot about particular stuff), and stickiness (how well a concept is remembered and/or internalized). However, Gladwell strays from his point a bit with an extensive look at children's television, which--while interesting--is not directly applicable to adults' habits. I'd recommend this book if you're into the genre. Otherwise, try "Predictably Irrational" for a more eye-opening account of consumer behavior.