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(Naked Capitalism)   Malcolm Gladwell has apparently spent 10,000 hours being a right-wing corporate shill   ( ) divider line
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3649 clicks; posted to Politics » on 11 Jun 2012 at 10:40 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-06-11 11:35:42 AM  
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I think all three of those books read like bloated essays. He could make the point in ten pages, but continues on for another 200+. That's why I preferred the collection of actual essays, "What the Dog Saw.".

For bloated essay, nothing beats Friedman. I had to read The Lexus and the Olive Tree because my professor thought it was brilliant. 400 pages of "So I was eating sushi with Don Cornelius, Rae Dong Chong, and the Queen of Norway. The waiter asked if we had seen Titanic. Truly, the world is flat!"
2012-06-11 10:57:09 AM  
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2012-06-11 04:35:02 PM  
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Ishkur: I, too, have aspirations of compiling incredibly obtuse observations into very opaque tracts and then claim wisdom.

Then you should buy my book, where I explain how this seemingly contradictory phenomenon occurs, and how you can use opaque-tracting to advance your own career.

In the first three chapters, I describe three crucial elements that are needed for opaque-tracting to occur. I call them thick-slicing, the iceberg lettuce rule, and the power of the lack of power of non-context.

Let me first demonstrate the power of the unconscious mind with a story about how some bigots instinctively know they don't like a black man. In less than a second they somehow make this complex decision, proving that we have massive unconscious computational reserves. What happens if we start retraining bigots to perform protein-folding computations? It just might bring about a sea change in the way we think about stuff.
2012-06-11 12:17:56 PM  
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Somebody has never actually read Gladwell, or they'd know that he had connections and luck on his side, not just 10,000 hours.
2012-06-11 11:24:45 AM  
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Apparently hipsters don't like Malcolm Gladwell? I'll note that down in my vintage moleskin.
2012-06-11 10:56:18 AM  
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This guy needs an editor.
2012-06-11 10:54:53 AM  
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She comes in colors everywhere: Parthenogenetic: 87 clicks and no replies yet?

Shhhhsh. We're reading.

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2012-06-11 10:46:03 AM  
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87 clicks and no replies yet?

Perhaps a few more, and this thread will hit some sort of tipping point
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