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 In the past five years or so, it has become fashionable to talk about "Tipping Points". In his book, The Tipping Point: how little things can make a big difference, author Malcolm Gladwell defines a tipping point as "the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point". It is, for example, the point at which a virus reaches critical mass, and turns from a manageable infectious disease into a full-blown epidemic.

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They say that nostalgia isn't what it used to be, and that applies to journalism and communication in general as much as it does to any other trade. How do we research for news today as journalists? Does our dependence on the Internet make us lazy or more efficient? Are we part of a spoilt generation whose teachers would have scoffed at what they doubtless would have regarded as our over-reliance on electronic information systems?