Assignment #3 final draft

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Lee 1 Raymond Lee Expository Writing 101 Terrill Assignment # 3 Final Draft Phase of Disorder Within a System Steven Johnson’s essay, “The Myth of the Ant Queen,” highlights how disorder worked in a system, specifically in Manchester. Disorder is simply the opposite of order and control. Like Johnson, both Malcolm Gladwell, author of the essay “The Power of Context: Bernie Goetz and the Rise and Fall of New York City Crime,” and Susan Faludi, author of the essay “The Naked Citadel,” talked about what disorder does in a specific system and what a system does in response to disorder. Order is considered differently in each individual kind of system. Gladwell provided an example of disorder by talking about how one crime can be contagious and can start other crimes in New York City. Faludi mentioned about the strict order that The Citadel liked to maintain and what they did when their order was on the line. They would go to the extremes, like harassing a potential female enrollee to protect order. Johnson discussed about how order and disorder worked together and how one prominent man’s disorder brought a community together. Disorder also had different roles in each system. Roles that included being contagious, helping form a community, and bringing communities together as a whole. Disorder is a contagious phase that signals the system to make a change. Disorder is contagious within a system, but patterns of contagion are different in each kind of system. “It says that crime is contagious—just as a fashion trend is contagious—that it can start with a broken window and spread to an entire community” (Gladwell 238). Disorder in Gladwell’s essay about New York City was crime. Gladwell explains how crimes were contagious with his Broken Windows Theory that states, “If a window is broken and left
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Lee 2 unrepaired, people walking by will conclude that no one cares and no one is in charge. Soon, more windows will be broken, and the sense of anarchy will spread from the building to the street on which it faces, sending a signal that anything goes” (237). A broken window in a community sent signals of anarchy to the citizens of the community. As more and more people were involved in crimes, crimes spread throughout the city. Therefore, disorder dramatically changed the city by having a crime epidemic. A crime epidemic was a sense of anarchy. A broken window can start disorder, but disorder can also be started by an action like the admission of a female. At The Citadel, order within the institution was maintaining an all male institution. The people at The Citadel considered disorder as an institution with females as cadets.
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