To conclude Malcolm Gladwell appeals to ethos logos and pathos throughout the

To conclude malcolm gladwell appeals to ethos logos

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against suicide and believes his ideology could aide this epidemic. To conclude, Malcolm Gladwell, appeals to ethos, logos, and pathos throughout the Tipping Point. He uses logos the most efficiently because his argument depends on logic when discussing worldly events. However, ethos is present when he cites his social research from interviews with “Connectors”. Pathos is not as prevalent but is showcased towards the end of the book when discussing how to improve social epidemics such as suicide rates. All in all, Gladwell effectively portrays all three appeals, and show readers how the Tipping Point is prevalent in everyday life.
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5 Anisah Hassan The purpose of the Tipping Point is to examine why social epidemics occur. In order to prove his point, Gladwell indirectly offers commentary on issues such as lowering crime rates in big cities and the cause of mass suicides in Micronesia. Gladwell's information on these social issues has allowed me to become more knowledgeable about both topics. However, I do not completely agree with every action Gladwell suggests. Addressing how the Tipping Point correlated to lowering crime is detailed in chapter 4. Gladwell speaks of the major crime streak in New York City, circa the late 80’s- early 90s, and examines how the crime rate fell. Gladwell indirectly supports the Broken Window Hypothesis which is the idea of major crimes (robbery, rape, murder) are encouraged by smaller crimes such as (graffiti, public urination, and vandalism). Gladwell related this Hypothesis to his idea of Power of Context, - which is the belief small environmental factor can have a major effect on public behavior. Although crime did begin to fall after New York instituted the Broken Window Hypothesis, I do not fully agree with this method. Personally, I believe this hypothesis was an excuse to unfairly persecute minorities and the poor. What Gladwell fails to mention is how enacting this hypothesis lead to the incarceration of 10's of thousands of black and Latinos for possession of small amounts of cocaine and marijuana. While I am not condoning the possession of any amount of drugs, I am aware that wrongful prosecution still takes place today among minorities, and the Broken Window hypothesis would have never been the course of action taken against drug infested white communities. However, on page 134 the author says, “… people are products of their environment; in other words, people commit crimes
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6 Anisah Hassan because their environment compels them to do so.” I do agree with this statement because it addresses that people have to adapt to their environment; including people in the poverty-stricken areas of New York. This statement provides clarification that not all people who commit crimes are bad; they are only reacting to their environment.
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