Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Assignment 1 - Annotated Bibliography.

As the last part of the first assignment, we were asked to create a bibliography for the section of “The Tipping Point” that we chose to focus in on. For me this was “The Power Of Context”. The bibliography was to be in Harvard Style, this I found quite difficult but I think I have managed it. Each of the references were also supposed to be annotated, so I'm hoping I've done it right.


Fletcher, G. (1988) A Crime of Self Defense, New York: Free Press.
  - Bernie Goetz became a symbol in New York History, when the crime problem had reached epidemic proportions. He was treated as a hero, the “Subway Vigilante”.

Rubin, L. (1986) Quiet Rage: Bernie Goetz in a Time of Madness, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
  - Gladwell has included this reference as it backs up what he says about how Goetz wasn’t acting normal when approached by the four men. He acted viciously and savagely, his field of view had changed.

Massing, M. (1998) “The Blue Revolution” New York Review Of Books, pp.32-34.
  - This book has been referenced as it gives a good summary of the New York City Crime Statistics. This helps backup what Gladwell is saying about the state of the streets and the underground, and how it could only be described as chaotic.

Kelling, G. and Coles, C. (1996) Fixing Broken Windows, New York: Touchstone.
  - The Broken Windows Theory was the brainchild of James Q. Wilson and George Kelling. They believed that if a window was broken and people saw it then a sense of anarchy would spread. Minor problems would escalate into more serious crimes.

Friedman, M. (1985) My Neighbour Bernie Goetz, New York.
  - Gladwell has referenced this so he can tell the reader about the background of Bernie Goetz and provide them with some information of what he was like before the shooting.

Miller, G. (1956) “The Magical Number Seven” Psychology Reports (vol. 63, no.2)
  - This “Magic Number Seven” Miller speaks of has come about from the idea that we have some sort of limitation built into us. This is a limit that keeps our channel capacities in a general range.

Buys, C. and Larsen, K. (1979) “Human Sympathy Groups” Psychology Reports (vol.45) pp.547-553
  - This reference backs up what Gladwell says about the people on your sympathy list. The people that we devote most of our attention to, people that we have invested our time in.

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