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Andrew Orlowski, who writes for The Register is clearly not impressed by Malcolm Gladwell, the author of populist books about big ideas. In The dumb, dumb world of Malcolm Gladwell Orlowski picks apart Gladwell’s style and lack of substance.

Orlowski’s criticism is fair. Gladwell’s two most famous books, The Tipping Point and Blink are all about what Basil Fawlty charmingly describes as “stating the bleeding obvious”.

How wonderful it must be to travel the world at the front of a plane, visit exotic locations and get paid for stating the bleeding obvous