Book and Film Challenge Update


Book number 29 that I read was The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell. It looks at how can idea can become a fashion trend, an epidemic, a crime wave or the end of a crime wave, just based on a small change in something related to the idea. He uses anecdotal stories to illustrate how these small changes have affected certain trends, ideas, epidemics, crime waves, etc. he looks specifically at three characteristics–contagiousness, the fact that little causes can have big effects, and that change happens not gradually but at one dramatic moment to explain theTipping Point. He bases the changes in idea on three rules–the Law of the Few (Connectors, Mavens, and Salesmen), the Stickiness Factor, and the Power of Context. He uses examples such as teen smoking, the surge in the rise of Hush Puppies shoes, and the success of the children’s show Blue’s Clues to illustrate these rules. It was interesting to read how the examples Gladwell chose illustrated the ideas. He also added an afterward to this edition to the book to address newer technology such as the internet and email, and the power of isolation of youth in situations such as the Columbine and copycat shootings. It was well-written and held my interest. Twenty-nine down, 71 to go.

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About mairedubhtx

I am a "youngish" grandmother of 15 year old twin granddaughter who has recently (is a year "recent"?) adopted Islam as my way of life, much to the consternation of my family. I love to read. I love to write. I am writing a book about my decision to revert, about my spiritual journey. I have another blog about stories from my youth, my parents, and grandparents. It's a blog so my OCD daughter will not be able to throw it out when I die. I suffer from depression and anxiety, for which I am treated, so my posts may be a bit dark at times. C'est la vie.
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One Response to Book and Film Challenge Update

  1. judithhb says:

    I read this book several years ago and now can’t find my copy. I wonder who I gave it to to read.

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