Power of Context on Bernie Goetz Essay

1141 WordsNov 24, 20085 Pages
Power of context In the 1980s, the City of New York was a City polluted with waste and graffiti, where people would always get away with committing a crime. In Malcolm Gladwell’s essay “The Power of Context: Bernie Goetz and the Rise and Fall of New York City Crime” gives us a probable explanation of how a change like this can happen. The essay is an environmental argument, with varying kinds of a seemingly endless amount of verification, which suggests that crimes can be prohibited depending on what the environment is like. Malcolm Gladwell, provides evidence throughout his entire essay that explains The Power of Context. The Power of Context indicates that the situation people are in has an effect on how they act wherever they are at.…show more content…
For example, in Gladwells essay, Gladwell says that if a window is broken and left unrepaired, people walking by will conclude that no one cares and no one is in charged of the window. Soon, more windows will be broken and a sense of anarchy will spread from building to the street on witch it faces, sending a signal that anything goes (Gladwell 289). Gladwell is basically saying that crimes are contagious. It is true, in our society crimes are spread from one place to another. When kids see other kids stealing candy from a store, then that kid will go and do the same. Or if a kid sees another kid beating up another kid, than that kid might go and do the same. Gladwell introduces the broken windows theory by bringing in a new subway director named David Gunn. Gunn had an idea to bring in several new subway trains into the City of New York and left them in Harlem on one hundred thirty-Fifth Street. The trains were left there and were being tagged up by kids that had nothing better to do than tag down a train. The kids took three days to tag the train up the way they wanted it, and then waited the next day to see it on the streets. While the kids left home a group of workers grabbed some paint rollers and painted over the kid’s art. Then the kids would notice that their art was no longer there and so they would give up and stop tagging. In the 1980s New York City was one of the worst epidemics in its history but in “in the 1990s crime
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