Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Tipping points

Someone recently asked me about "tipping points", and I said that I was thinking of blogging about it...I see that Gavin has beaten me to it on RealClimate.

He's a bit more polite than I would have been, but the underlying message is pretty much the same as I'd have given. It seems to be pretty much a made-up metaphor designed to spur people into action. David Appell has also recently written along similar lines.

The first comment on the RC article refers to Al Gore saying there are tipping points in politics too. I think that's a good description of what the profusion of "tipping points" in the media is...

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