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Initial post: Oct 31, 2005 12:12:30 AM PST
C. Goodrum says:
Can anyone recommend other books on network effects and meme propagation?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2005 10:13:49 AM PST
Yes, all of Gladwell's work on this topic is a rip-off of the seminal book "The Diffusion of Innovations" by Everett Rogers. A great read and thoroughly done.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2005 7:38:01 PM PST
You should definately check out Howard Bloom's The Lucifer Principle because it deals very well with social structures, how a society behaves like an organism and evolves through the replication of memes.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2006 7:23:43 PM PST
John McGuirl says:
Jack - from what I can see, ALL of Gladwell's work is a rip-off of someone else's work. The ideas in his book Blink are from real researchers in psychology and human factors like Gary Klein.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2006 8:51:27 PM PST
D. Stuart says:
Hi - Duncan J Watts excellent "Six Degrees" is well worth a read. This is a first person account by a scientist who has been at the forefront of network theory: and he writes with humility rather than self aggrandisement - explaining the subject clearly and demonstrating why its pretty complicated as a science even though the underlying ideas are quite simple. Enjoy!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2006 3:29:45 PM PDT
Mark Waldman says:
Try "Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life" by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi. Shows how the internet itself became a tipping point and now has a "mind" of its own.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2006 5:50:27 AM PDT
R. M. Barge says:
"Fooled by Randomness" by Nassim Taleb, although its starting point is the stock market, is actually on the same underlying subject. It's a very good read, in the form of a rambling personal narrative, but it's still intellectual rather than "pop" culture. Really a terrific book.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2007 6:19:58 PM PDT
Yep, you should check out "Social Network Analysis" (e.g. the article on it in Wikipedia).

I wrote a book review of Gladwell's book on my blog, at

It will point you towards a number of relevant references.

Posted on Mar 29, 2009 12:35:51 AM PDT
You should check out "Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything" by Steven D. Levitt. It's a lot better.

Posted on Apr 4, 2009 1:24:17 PM PDT
Eva Marie says:
Not sure if this applies, but there's a nifty little book on the psychology behind movies and novels called "The 90-Minute Effect." It's like Malcolm Gladwell could have written it.
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