+ July 29, 2002
The Tipping Point was an interesting read, but I do think Malcom Gladwell made pretty extreme generalizations. I had learned a lot of the background theory in my communication classes at UCSB (whoa - I actually learned something in my communication classes at UCSB!), but the anecdotal examples were foreign knowledge. Some of the endnotes point to actual academic sources of the information, which puts this book a few steps ahead of the last one I read, Affluenza. I'd say this one is worth reading for the stories, but I object to some general revelations like, "Smoking is not cool, Smokers are cool." This is similar to the AMWAY salesman telling me that successful people don't "find time", they "make time", or the classic "guns don't kill people, people do". People with guns.