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A. Patel 1 Close Reading Assignment “The Power of Context: Bernie Goetz and the Rise and Fall of New York City Crime”, by Malcolm Gladwell, takes place in New York City during the 1980s, when the Law of the Few gave an explanation of why crimes are committed in the city at such high rates. The Law of the Few states the epidemic of crime was controlled by a handful of people that had powerful social connections. “Studies go to the heart of the Law of the Few because they suggest that what we think of as inner states-preferences and emotions- are actually powerfully and imperceptibly influenced by seemingly inconsequential personal influences”(Gladwell 243). Studies by psychologists view this to be fact. The small groups of individuals that contain these strong social connections hold the key to influencing a large audience. A kid in his teens hangs around other teens that steal from their local Walmart everyday. The kid will tend to become a thief as well just by hanging around people who steal everyday. Two studies were done to prove this “Law” to be valid. One study “showed how people who watched Peter Jennings on ABC were more likely to vote Republican than people who watched either Tom Brokaw or Dan Rather”(Gladwell 243). Personal influence from Jennings leads to the audience more likely to vote Republican. Humans have the mindset that “makes us
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