Gladwell vs. Watts: Past the Tipping Point

Gladwell vs. Watts: Past the Tipping Point
Christine Huang
  • 5 march 2008

Last week, outspoken network-theory scientist Duncan Watts brought to life his argument against Malcolm Gladwell‘s Tipping Point at the offices of Fast Company. Watts, who’s currently working with Yahoo in lieu of his regular gig at Columbia, argues that the “influencers” whom Gladwell claims, in essence, make our world go ’round, are no more influential than ordinary, non-node individuals. Anthropologist (and PSFK Conference speaker) Grant McCracken was at the talk and offers some interesting commentary in response to the case presented by Watts, whose anti-tipping point theory was featured in Fast Company’s February issue. McCracken’s thoughts:

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