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The Gladwellification of Writing,
This review is from: The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong (Hardcover)
Worth reading for a perspective on the debate BUT I call this the Gladwell effect (as in Malcolm). Choose an alluring thesis and ram it home with historical anecdote and a study or two. It makes for an entertaining reading but I couldn't help feel manipulated and skeptical about the writer's fervor. Back in the day, writers felt compelled to present all sides. NOw everything feels so one sided in the service of entertainment.
Plus, the book was very short. More like an magazine piece. Also, if he's going to cite a few scientists over and over, couldn't he have gone to interview them in person? I want to know where they live, who they are, what they look like, how they came to think the way they do....
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Initial post: Mar 12, 2013 7:25:19 PM PDT
Puttie Cat says:
Great to read that someone else noticed the Gladwell approach; I always thought that what he stretched into a book was really what would work for a pamphlet. Great profit-making scheme.
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