Greetings and much love to all my beautiful followers!!! I know it’s been a while since I have embraced you all with the artistic journey “The Art in Me”, but I have another special treat for YOU!!! This week, Britney’s Artistic Blog is inviting you into other passion of mine that constitutes the artistic makings of “ME.” Although this week’s blog post focuses on a book review, it still reveals and shows my passion for articulately conveyong my true thoughts, emotions and opinions on a subject matter at hand. This week, I have decided to share my personal comprehension and critique of the book “The Tipping Point” authored by Malcolm Gladwell.
Initially, I really wasn’t sure what type of feeling I was going to get from reading this book, especially because I held a different interpretation and perception of this book solely based on its title. After diving into the significant content and context expressed throughout the book, I was challenged in many different capacities to apply the rules discussed to many social situations that take place in the real world. To begin with, to help me understand the phenomenon of a tipping point, I decided to conduct some individual research. A few words that particularly stood out to me after both reading The Tipping Point and researching suppplemental information were epidemic, social change and additional things of that nature. The Tipping Point really emphasized key factors in our society, in which small varying factors contribute to a larger, broader picture and in turn make a huge difference.
Chapter One of “The Tipping Point” was particularly interesting to me and established a basic foundation for which I was able to better understand the analysis and explanantion throughout the book because it introduced the three concepts of the Law of the Few, the Stickiness Factor and the Power of Context. Each concept was broken down even further and elaborated upon with specific examples. The bigger concept of the Tipping Point was effectively explained from the three different perspectives of the Centers for Disease Control, an expert on sexually transmitted disease from Johns Hopkins University named John Zenilman and one of the country’s leading epidemiologists named John Potterat. For example, the illustration I found to be the most beneficial in helping me to visualize the movement of an epidemic was that of Kitty Genovese, a New York woman that was stabbed to death in front of 38 witnesses. Because Kitty was murdered in front of so many other people, the notion of the “bystander problem” was analyzed by two New York pyschologists. This highlighted the Power of Context notion in that people do indeed care about their environment and are a lot more sensitive than may seem.
Moreover, this book did a successful job in communcating to me as a reader how small factors can unite and cause an epidemic in society. Another example that was portrayed was the HIV/AIDS epidemic and how the risky and overly sexual behaviors of a few people can result in a widespread and chaotic social and health-related epidemic. Similar to placing a small number of certain people in a specified situation or climate such as Darnell “Boss Man” McGee which ultimately resulted in dozens of young women getting infected by the HIV virus, there are so many social plagues and issues in society that when placed in various atmospheres or affected by certain factors result in a social tipping point. This book definitely encouraged me to seek out more knowledge about the stigmas that cauase our society’s tipping points and it did a successful job at applying the highlighted concepts to real world and applicable experiences and situations.