The Power Of Context Gladwell Analysis

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Can the solution to quickly ridding a city of crime and changing how the inhabitants behave and judge simply be controlled by the environment and surroundings. In “The Power of Context,” the author, Malcolm Gladwell, discusses and uses examples to demonstrate and explain how the environment and surroundings as well as context play a major role in behavior and judgment and how it had an influence on crime in New York City. In addition, another author, Leslie Bell, discusses in the "Selections from Hard to Get: Twenty-Something Women and the Paradox of Sexual Freedom," how two women, Jayanthi and Alicia, unique lifestyles, different environmental factors, and upbringings manipulated their behavior, identity, and sexuality. Although both essays are nothing alike, both seem to emphasize the importance of the environment and how it impacts behavior. Seeing…show more content…
Television shows and magazines, for example, can portray a message to the audience watching or reading them. Bell states that “television shows such as Sex and the City, and movies seem to encourage sexual experimentation,” and also that magazines such as Glamour or Cosmopolitan give women tips and advice on different sexual positions (Bell 27). These encouragement, tips, and advice can send a signal or message to women who watch or read these things to experiment sexually and try new things and would cause them to change their sexual behavior. In addition, Gladwell mentions that “people who watched Peter Jennings on ABC were more likely to vote Republican that people who watched either Tom Brokaw or Dan Rather” (Gladwell 157). Although Peter Jennings never actually showed his affection toward the Republican party or even talked about Republican’s in his show, his audiences still connected him to the Republican party. Just through watching his show the behavior and preferences of his audiences

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