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    A Deeper Look at The Tipping Point:
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    Ok look we actually need to get started on something. Lets start a page list here and each of us can work on a different thing. Feel free to add your own or edit the ones there.
    Pages:
    -We need a couple pages describing the content of the book. I think we should have a different page for each rule of epidemics plus real life case studies, statistics, etc.
    -The rubric says we need to display knowledge of rhetorical strategies so we need at least a page on that. Maybe we could include an interview that explains his process for writing the book.(I have some good examples of rhetorical devices/strategies from my ORB response that I can add on this page- Daoud)
    -To show how people have reacted to Tipping Point we should include critics opinions. It's definitely gonna be hard to show the "unique contributions to the world of non-fiction" but if anything happened that's directly attributed to Tipping Point then we should include that.
    -We should probably include statistics involving Tipping Point like the number of copies sold or something.
    -We should each have a personal page where we each include our opinions of the book, and what was most memorable about it. That'll be really cool for out presentation because each of us can talk about our own slide. (I like this idea -Daoud)
    -We have to find a place to include a video interview of Gladwell about Tipping Point. If we have difficulty incorporating it in any of the other slides, we can put it at the end or something.
    -We need some sort of interactive portion of the website for the class. Maybe we can perform some sort of social experiment that coincides with the ideas in Tipping Point. (To make our presentation more interesting/appealing to the class we should have a page of interesting facts taken from the book such as how yawning is contagious etc. I have an idea- we ask each student in the class how high they think a piece of paper would be if folded in half 50 consecutive times and collect all their answers, then show the class that it would be hundreds of thousands of miles high while most of them guessed it would just be like a foot thick or something (gladwell uses this example on like page 20)...then relate that to the fact that many epidemics do not seem proportional to their cause, aka an obscure group of hipsters made hush puppies super popular...this will allow us to make the presentation interesting as well as share a pretty boring but essential aspect of gladwell's argument -Daoud)
    Btw, at some point we'll need to coordinate our talking points for the presentation also. If we don't get the chance to talk about it we could color coordinate it so each person would know what page they were presenting.
    Yo guys I think we should reconsider the setup of this wiki. It might be better if we didn't just make a different page for each question. Also we should make sure to keep the website itself not too wordy. I think Mcwilliams is looking for something more multimedia based.
    -Jake
    ^I agree. And it won't take as long if our project is centered around creativity rather than just an indepth response to each question...we just have to figure out what we want to do -Daoud

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    Purpose:
    The purpose and ultimate impact of The Tipping Point is to help teach readers how to start positive epidemics of their own and to understand the reasons why and how epidemics occur. Because epidemics are often started by little input and can spread very quickly, it is not unrealistic for average people to start ones of their own. This allows The Tipping Point to serve as a tool and guide of anyone interesting in spreading ideas, products, or messages, this can range from teachers to businessmen to politicians. According to Gladwell, "The point is that by the end of the book I think the reader will have a clear idea of what starting an epidemic actually takes. This is not an abstract, academic book. It's very practical." The Tipping Point helps readers to decode the world around them and understand why certain changes happen and how their causes may not be proportional to their effects.
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  3. page The Impact of Tipping Point edited ... Popularity: Amazon.com, The Onion A.V. Club, The Guardian, and The Times have named The Tippi…
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    Amazon.com, The Onion A.V. Club, The Guardian, and The Times have named The Tipping Point as one of the best books of the decade. It was also Barnes and Noble's 5th best selling nonfiction book of the decade. Many respectable magazines such as Fortune and The Daily Telegraph have given The Tipping Point raving reviews.
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    Thinking About Life As an Epidemic:
    One major impact of reading the The Tipping Point is that the reader will often find themselves looking at life with a slightly different perspective. Epidemics occur or are caused in an often counter-intuitive way: they can start and grow very quickly but die out just as fast, and are caused by often small seemingly unimportant things. According to Gladwell, the majority of changes in life also occur this way. Things can occur very quickly, and small changes can have a huge impact. The Tipping Point helps to explain how in life, many times causes are not proportional to their effect. Once the pattern of cause and effect in epidemics is realized, people will frequently see them in real life situation. According to Gladwell, ideas and messages can spread exactly the same way that real viruses such as the flu do.
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    Purpose:
    The purpose and ultimate impact of The Tipping Point is to help teach readers how to start positive epidemics of their own and to understand the reasons why and how epidemics occur. Because epidemics are often started by little input and can spread very quickly, it is not unrealistic for average people to start ones of their own. This allows The Tipping Point to serve as a tool and guide of anyone interesting in spreading ideas, products, or messages, this can range from teachers to businessmen to politicians. According to Gladwell, "The point is that by the end of the book I think the reader will have a clear idea of what starting an epidemic actually takes. This is not an abstract, academic book. It's very practical." The Tipping Point helps readers to decode the world around them and understand why certain changes happen and how their causes may not be proportional to their effects.
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