Gladwell Denies Social Media Any Tipping Point

Malcolm Gladwell Malcolm Gladwell’s been wrong before, when he disagreed with Chris Anderson’s thesis in his book Free: The Future of a Radical Price. But this time, it’s a little stranger… this time I have to wonder what he’s thinking in his latest piece, “Small Change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted,” where he discounts social networks, saying they cannot product the kind of passion necessary to drive social change because they really only affect weak ties issues.

I guess I’m not the only one who’s baffled. In a Guardian article responding to Gladwell’s, Clay Shirky is quoted as calling it “a weird article,” saying that