The Tipping Point

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Review Of The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

                The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell is an extremely interesting book. At first, I was skeptical and thought it would be a pretty boring read. However, as I got further and further into it, I just wanted to read more. The book provides an in-depth look at the process by which ideas and movements are spread through societies and the key figures that allow these things to occur.

It was really interesting to see how everything from fashion trends to major events like militias assembling for the Revolutionary War are all products of the same process by which ideas spread through society. It really makes you take a step back and look at society, trends, and the people that influence these trends in a different light.  When the people that influence popular ideas are broken down into the categories of Connectors, Mavens, and Salesmen, it becomes clearer how these events actually occur. It also makes you realize that you may know or know of these exact kinds of people in your own life.

It was incredible to learn how the smallest changes in the approach or application of the idea could dramatically affect the type and scale of the impact on society. It is simply astounding that something as simple as keeping the subway clean and making sure people didn’t avoid paying could lead to such a dramatic decrease in crime in New York City. It just shows that if you find the right method or “pressure point”, for lack of better term, one can affect great change with the fewest of resources.

It is good to know that these Tipping Point principles can be applied to the extremely important and necessary task of early childhood education. I remember watching shows like Sesame Street and Blue’s Clues growing up, and it was interesting to find out that these shows would not have stuck around for as long as they have without the aspects of the Tipping Point, “stickiness” chief among them. It’s cool to know that there was a lot of science and research involved in how much attention I paid to those shows and what I was able to learn from them.

The Tipping Point is a very insightful book that gives solid answers to questions about how trends and social movements are started that we may have briefly wondered about, but never deeply considered the methods. It is definitely an interesting read and hard to put down once you start.

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