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The current community is struggling with high crime rates, drug, discrimination, debates, and gay and lesbian rights. Authors Malcolm Gladwell, Deborah Tannen, and Beth Loffreda helps in illustrating a picture of the many problems America was facing during this time, in both the big city and small town, and even in a school. In Gladwell’s essay “The Power of Context: Bernie Goetz and the Rise and Fall of New York City Crime” he focuses on the big city and how environmental factors influence a role in crime. Bernie Goetz shot four African American boys on a subway and Gladwell argues throughout his essay that tipping points in the environment surrounding Goetz are what pushed him to commit such a crime. Loffreda, author of “Losing Matt... View More »

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The words and actions of the public served as Tipping Points in which to fabricate the media’s stories which would later affect and display the desperate need for change. In order to cultivate productive community conversation about prejudice, Tipping Point is required for future political change, and awareness. The Tipping Points direct the media’s behavior and cultivate a productive community conversation in such a way that, although chaotic, would result in awareness and change in the future.
Throughout Malcolm Gladwell’s essay, he describes several environmental factors he mentions as “tipping points” and how they influence society’s behavior and how it creates a community conversation about prejudice. A tipping point is “something physical, like for instance, graffiti. It urges a certain kind of behavior not from a specific person, but instead from a feature in the environment” (Gladwell 153). For instance, graffiti in a subway can lead criminals to think that they will be able to commit a crime. In Beth Loffreda’s essay, things said by individuals, media, and other visual environmental factors serve as tipping points to provoke propaganda and bad journalism throughout the media covering the murder of Matt Shepard. Gladwell’s essay also mentions a theory made by criminologists James Wilson and George Kelling called the “Broken Windows Theory”. “The theory describes that if a window is broken and left unrepaired, people walking by will think that no one cares and no one is in charge. This will lead to the breaking of more windows and a sense of anarchy will engulf the ...

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