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A little case of foot-shooting.,
This review is from: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (Paperback)I found this book interesting and it certainly helped to raise my awareness of the subconscious level at which some of our discriminating behaviour operates.
Like several other reviewers I found the book to start well and then become a bit repetitive.
I also realised that Gladwell was doing exactly what he was trying to make us aware of.
It was impossible to know how many of the people he talked about were black or white without actually knowing them all by name, however it was possible to work out how many were women. Very few of the people he uses to illustrate his points were women, which you may or may not feel was justified, but when I counted the references in the back of the book, 142 men are referenced against 18 women. Aside from the lack of positive images of women, women are not even being mentioned, they are hidden.
Gladwell goes to the welcome length of using both he and she in turn when talking about non-gender specific examples, but the book in my opinion reinforces the very phenomenon he is trying to make us aware of.
So you could argue that he succeeds. I would argue a case of foot-shooting.