The author Malcolm Gladwell defined a tipping point as "the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point."
If a critical mass of people is afraid or is convinced to fear, the signal is contagious.
But at present, “We are at the critical mass stage and therefore we are getting more resistance,” she said.
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Note: The term critical mass is used to refer generally to the minimum amount of something needed to produce a given effect: “The town needs a critical mass of industry to attract more business.”
In physics, the minimum amount of fissionable material required to sustain a chain reaction. Of a software product, describes a condition of the software such that fixing one bug introduces one plus epsilon bugs. (This malady has many causes: creeping featurism, ports to too many disparate environments, poor initial design, etc.) When software achieves critical mass, it can never be fixed; it can only be discarded and rewritten.