From: Vincent Campbell (VCampbell@dmu.ac.uk)
Date: Fri 10 Oct 2003 - 12:01:12 GMT
Funny you should say that, as I think I've seen this phrase crop up a few
times recently- in the specific sense of the tipping point between an
idiosyncratic or minority trend and a cultural trend or social phenomena as
used by Gladwell in his book rather than in its traditional sense.
I wonder if this phrase's other, everyday meaning, and the relative
innoucous nature of the words involved might help this phrase more
successfuly come to be used in referring to a theory of cultural
transmission than memes? (which I don't think I've ever heard Jon Snow use-
I normally watch C4 News alot, and have had the pleasure of meeting him in
his role as an honorary lecturer for Stirling University's media department,
but I was in the bath during last night's show, which is too much
information I'm sure :-)).
(For our non-Brit colleagues, Jon Snow is one of Britain's best known, and
arguably best, TV news presenters/reporters in Britain).
Anyway is the tipping point idea of cultural transmission compatible with
memes? Does it need memes to work as a theory of cultural
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