Sunday, 16 December 2012

"Quiet" videos of Cain's "Quiet" book

Susan Cain's book "Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" is a great wake-up call to all. 
It is well written and very well reasoned, with many examples to support the idea that the promotion of extrovert personality characteristics, at the expense of introvert ones, is individually harmful and ultimately suppresses the very traits which society needs.
Daniel Widfeldt Lomas has produced videos which summarise the book in RSA Animate style. The drawings which illustrate the voice are captivating keeping one viewing to the end. 
With over 1.1 million views, Episode 1 can be said to have gone viral. Interestingly enough, Episode 2 had only just over 36,000 views when I looked today. Will it catch up? 
The title states that the series is "inspired" by Susan Cain's book. So it may not just be a summary of it - but I think many will bviewing this as a sort of SparksNotes without having read the book. Is it too easy to slant such mash-ups (of ideas) in a particular direction?
What do you think, actual readers of the "Quiet" book - are the videos taking up the main points that you recall?