Tipping Point Reflection

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Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell, is a book based on how an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and then begins to spread like wildfire. More Damned Lies and Statistics, by Joel Best, is based on statistics; it is based on statistics of missing numbers, confusing numbers, scary numbers, authoritative numbers, magical numbers, and contentious numbers. Freakonomics, by Steve D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, is composed of a series of essays in which a journalist and an economist demonstrate how, by applying basic principles of economics, data often reveal fascinating truths about how the world works.These books talk about completely different subjects, but they are intertwined when thinking about the overall points of the book. They show us what is not included when looking at an epidemic and how an epidemic can be miscalculated if some factors are not looked at. In the introduction of the Tipping Point, Hush Puppies, a brushed suede shoe, became stylish when a group of children wore them one day to try and look different. They wore these shoes because no one else wore them and they wanted to be different. All of a sudden, these shoes “tipped” and everyone started to wear them, putting them back in style. This shows that the smallest changes can cause the specific trend or item to explode. More Damned Lies and Statistics says that the power of example can overwhelm discussion of an issue. If the media sees on thing, like Hush Puppies, that they like, they can blow it out of proportion and make it into a very significant cause. When the media thought that Hush Puppies were going to be the next big thing, they took action, advertising the product, and made it become a hit item for people to wear. Freakonomics Introduction begins with a discussion of how, in the 1990s, experts predict a dire and dramatic increase in crime, particularly in murder
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