Chris, I am so glad you replied and clarified what you meant and how you perceived my writing. I loved The Tipping Point, and even bought a replacement copy of it. I find it a very useful book when navigating organizational power issues (a favorite topic of mine within critical hrd).
What I find even more interesting is how I meant something different than what you understood. I wonder how often this happens in presentations themselves (such as what Malcolm Gladwell did in his very presentation that I liveblogged)?
Nevertheless, the lesson for me is that unless dialog about the dialog (metadialogue) occurs, misconceptions can begin and lead to all sorts of unintended consequences.