The Tipping Point 4-6

I posted about the intro to “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell about a week ago but I didn’t really discuss what the book is about. That is partially because to me the book just seems like a whole ton of facts woven together and they somehow end up relating to each other. I understand that the main theme of the book is “The Tipping Point” which is essentially the point that something reaches where something dramatic changes. My description may not make sense but what the book includes is just many examples of where this tipping point has been seen in history and why the tipping point occurred there. In the fourth section of this book, Gladwell discusses violence and crime in NYC specifically in the Subway in the 1980s-90s. Although I am not extremely intrigued by this book, I did find it fascinating that in order to fix the violence in the Subway system, only a few changes were made. First, all the cars of each train where scrubbed clean of graffiti, trash, and everything else that made it dirty. Then there was a huge increase in the number of policemen on guard to arrest “fare-beaters”. I was mainly surprised that the cleaning of the train cars made such a huge impact, but it makes sense that with that combined with the increase of policemen on guard that people would be more aware of their actions. This portion of the book stood out to me while reading it, so I thought I would share it, I’m interested to see what my classmates thought of this as well. 

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Work

This post is mainly just a post that my other senior classmates will probably be able to relate to. It may just be that it is the end of another term or maybe it’s that a bunch of the seniors are going on internship but whatever the reason, my homework load has at least tripled and possibly quadrupled. When checking my homework I always find that there’s way more than I had anticipated and it’s exhausting. I understand that this is senior year but it just feel like it’s a lot. Along with school work, it seems like life got the memo too and there are lots of big decisions to be made all at once, the main one being college. I’m supposed to decide where I want to live for four years of my life so that I can shape the rest of my life… I think that qualifies as a pretty massive decision. To sum it all up, there’s a lot going on and I have no idea how I’ll get everything done, but I guess it’ll all happen cause there’s no stopping time! Good luck to my fellow classmates as we go through the next couple months…

Tipping Point – Intro.

Tipping Point - Intro.

In class we are reading “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell. What I want to talk about is the introduction to the book and the idea of the tipping point. The introduction starts off with a story about Hushpuppies, shoes that suddenly became popular in the 1990s. It started with just a few kids wearing these shoes and then the trend spread like wildfire and soon everyone was wearing them. The introduction includes a couple more stories focusing on the idea of the tipping point. I found the picture that I posted above and I think it illustrates the concept of the tipping point very well. It only takes a few people to make a huge change. If the author was to have illustrations to go along with her writing, I am pretty confident she would have chosen a picture similar to this one to communicate her point. While 10% is not the majority, they are able to influence the majority; it is all about getting to the tipping point.

Picture source: http://burneylawfirm.com/blog/2011/07/26/the-ten-percent-solution/

Cousins on different continents

I love having family overseas, but sometimes it has its downsides. As far as I know, I have family in Ireland, England, Greece, and possibly Australia as well as close friends in France and there could be a few other countries as well. I love that I have family living in other countries, on other continents, and it increases my desire to travel even more. The downside to it is that I can’t just drive over to Ireland for the day, for example,… because it wouldn’t work for so many reasons, the first one being this ocean thing that’s in the way. I still love the idea that there are people who are related to me living in such different places, speaking different languages or having amazing accents. I love talking to my Irish cousins because they have the best accents. I’ve actually never met them in person and only talked to them a couple times but I know that if I were to show up at their door somehow, I would be welcomed as if I had known them forever. Sometimes communicating with my Greek family gets a little challenging because I can only understand every 15th word or so (when they’re speaking Greek) and not all of them speak English. In spite of that barrier, we somehow manage to communicate surprisingly well and I really do feel like I have close family in Greece. I think that it is an amazing thing that, even with so many barriers, the main one being distance, my family is always reliable. Having relatives from all different countries just makes for an incredible crazy group of people who I am happy I can call my family.

“Does hearing a poem change its meaning?”

When we were first given that prompt question, my automatic response was… um, no? How could words that are written and words that are spoken mean two different things if they are the exact same words? After thinking about it I began to realize that the way something it spoken really does make a difference with how it is interpreted. When I was watching/listening to the poem about weather that is posted above, I could hear in the author’s voice how his tone makes all the difference. The inflection in his voice highlights confusion and fascination and it gives the poem a much deeper meaning that anything that could be read on paper. In a similar way, as everyone knows, no matter what your response is to a parent (to a certain degree), the tone that you use is a deal breaker. Tone of voice has a huge impact on the words that are being spoken and I think that hearing a poem out loud versus reading it on paper can make a world of a difference.

Daredevils and Heights

Daredevils and Heights

Before you read this blog, make sure to check out the link I posted. I stumbled across this article on Facebook about people who have no fear of heights and it really got me thinking. I don’t think these people are simply “not afraid of heights”, I think this is they’re a little bit unintelligent… Now, I don’t want to sound rude so I’ll explain my thoughts. For example, I really don’t think that uni-cycling on a plank of wood jetting out from atop a 1,000-ft cliff in Norway, with no way to save yourself if you fall, is the best idea. The same with sitting on the edge of a 50+ story building in Times Square with your feet dangling over the side. Or taking a casual nap beside train tracks that run above a forest. Seriously, do any of those situations sound like a good idea??? I mean, even if you’re not afraid of heights it’s just insane to do something like that. It may just be that I worry to much, I don’t know, but in my opinion every situation which I described, as well are the other 9 that are on the article are just a little bit absurd. I’m going to sidetrack for a second… I was using a thesaurus to find synonyms from unintelligent and some of the results were a bit too harsh to use but they were too good not to share. They were words such as daft, dotty, unconventional, nutty, and kooky and I just thought they were very interesting. Anyway, back to my topic. Props to the people who managed to do all those things successfully, really I don’t know how they do it. I just think I’d panic if anyone ever told me they were gonna do something so insane… I’d rather never know about it. Well, that’s my opinion… regardless of the craziness of the pictures, the views are pretty awesome!

The Plastic Pink Flamingo

For my English class we were assigned an essay to read by Jennifer Price about the history of the Plastic Pink Flamingo. This is an essay that would be used on an AP test and it would have comprehension questions to go with it. Personally, I was very bored when I read it. I understand that putting plastic pink flamingos out on your lawn is a very weird thing to do, but I never really wondered why people did it. What I thought was kind of entertaining is that these flamingos were a trend that many people wanted to be a part of. While this one trend took place in the early-mid 1900s, we still see the same type of thing today. There are brands that become popular and everyone needs to have them and show them off. As time goes on it is just the products that are changing, people stay the same. People want to be with the “in crowd”, but depending on the generation that means either putting pink plastic flamingos on your lawn or simply wearing Uggs or Bean boots. Trends are something that will always be around.