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Unformatted text preview: Daniel Yoon Expository Writing 101 September 23, 2010 The idea of a panorama is to present the full unbroken view of a surrounding or observation . Likewise the story concerning the events that took place aboard the IRT train on December 22, 1984 presented a multitude of different versions and contexts, yet ultimately developed into a panorama of the famous Bernie Goetz incident . The explosion of events formulated mixed reviews as one end conceived the act as an atrocity, while the other end of the spectrum found the vigilantism of Bernie Goetz to be of heroic proportion . However once the perspectives are narrowed down to the very center of the spectrum the encompassing standpoint provides an overall look at the human mind . Thus the two contexts shared in Malcolm Gladwell’s passage, New York City in the 1980’s, and Bernie Goetz’s life, demonstrate a reflection on the psychological behavior of human interaction to stimulants . During the 1980’s New York City was suffering one of the worst crime epidemics in its history . Chaos consumed the city as the state of crime was on the rise with no proper repercussions in action . Petty criminals turned to harder crimes because of the lack of order and consequence, furthermore citizens lived in fear and felt that it was impossible to change or even avoid the rise in crime . Instead most simply ignored the hoodlums and criminals surrounding them, hesitant to even help out a fellow man in danger . In response to the sharp and alarming rise in criminal activity in New York City, the Broken Windows theory proposed by criminologists James Q . Wilson and George Kelling presented an interesting and radical concept as well as a potential solution . The Broken Windows theory postulated that crime was not a matter of upbringing or even psychological disorder but rather the deteriorating environment of the city provoking the normally average citizen or hoodlum to transform into a violent criminal . Wilson and Kelling’s suggestion that the human psyche can be switched to that of a sociopath by dramatically changing the environment and circumstance (despite a person’s upbringing) dispels...
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