Gladwell is something of a cultural shibboleth, I think, especially with his books, which go further than his New Yorker pieces in making clumsy generalizations. I'll bet most people feel the same way about The Tipping Point as they do about Tom Friedman's columns, American Beauty, and Crash. If you dislike reading columns that end "Sure you do, Yassir, sure you do", I'll bet you also dislike the cinematic lines "Man, oh man, oh man" and "You think you know who you are? You have no idea."
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