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Malcolm Gladwell’s dumb, dumb world

Andrew Orlowski, who writes for The Register is not impressed by Malcolm Gladwell, the author of popular books about big ideas.

In The dumb, dumb world of Malcolm Gladwell Orlowski picks apart Gladwell’s style and lack of substance.

“…his insights have all the depth and originality of Readers Digest or a Hallmark greeting card.”

It is fair criticism.

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

As Orlowski says, it is all predictable. A lot of what passes for Gladwell’s wisdom is the kind of material you might hear in a pub from someone who reads widely but has had too much to drink.

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