Understanding Color Walking

Phia Bennin and Brendan McMullan examine and test out color walking for themselves. This idea springing from William Burroughs as a mode of inspiration. The walker is to simply pick a color and try to follow it as they walk aimlessly. The authors allowed themselves to gradually shift colors as they explored and recorded colors from the entire spectrum by object, time, and description. From the blues to pinks and purples, the pair were forced to pay attention to small details easily overlooked on your average walk. By the end of the day small details could not go unnoticed, the rooftop water tower color to the leaves on the trees took on new descriptions and new shades. Bennin and McMullan also leaves the reader with a little advice on attempting their own color walk. They note that it is important to have uninterrupted time set apart from errands, don’t be afraid to switch up the colors you follow, and as cheesy as it sounds, follow the color your heart calls out to...

Controlling Your Online Space

Melissa King’s Better Online Living through Content Moderation addresses the “anti-content control rhetoric.” In the digital age new information is constantly and consistently presented to people, especially if said people have an online presence. Features such that block and limit search results and privacy options are given to users as needed as one does not need all of said information (for various reasons.) She claims that with or without reason an online user should be allowed to control the data they are receiving. King says there is a pressure on those that use these features as some cast of a very negative view on content control. This causes people to be exposed to materials they are adverse to and even worse than that, materials that can quite literally harm some user’s health i.e. sufferers of PTSD. She then addresses some of the ways controlled content is fought. “You’re over-exaggerating, it’s really not that bad. Try not to be so sensitive.” Those statements minimize the seriousness of disorders like PTSD or anxiety. The idea being one must expose themselves to the trigger to attempt to get better. King calls this an “informal parallel to Exposure Therapy.” Internet attacks testing one’s mental health are not the same as a controlled therapy setting she says. She also notes that this kind of attack can stem from a generational disparity as millennials want to tackle tough or sensitive issues head on. People also do not understand that PTSD is not just a disorder caused my war, but an overall traumatic event. Bullying is real and prevalent in online spaces and some people really do...

Arguments against Content Control

In Melissa King’s article, she explains how “content control features are valuable to people who need to moderate their time online” because “Some users may suffer from PTSD” ( King par. 1). Many arguments have been placed against the idea of using block filters and other control features. 1st argument Exposure Therapy Many people believe that the “the abuse and harassment” in the internet is not a risk, because they propose that the should be “less sensitive.” (King par. 3). The argument was backed by the use of the “Exposure Therapy” (King par. 3). What the therapy does is that it exposes the user who has anxiety with sources that made them anxious in exponential increments. King argues that it won’t make them less sensitive, but just increases their anxiety. 2nd argument Example of a control feature The second argument suggests that block lists subjects “one’s internet experience to the whims of another” (King par. 8). King disputes that not allowing user to block harassers would mean “that the abused spend more time with their abusers” which can fail to “differentiate between the aggressor and their targets” (King par. 9). Women Women are attacked frequently in the internet, especially in places where males are predominant. An example would be the realm of video games. With the control features like the mute, it allows the user to make a personal choice to not hear an individual without inhibiting the other person’s...

Strolling Around Using Color As a Source of Navigation

Example of a person “color walking” Phia Bennin and Brendan Mcmullan decided to initiate an experiment called “color walking.” This idea was found through a blog post about a man named William Burroughs who wanted to ” inspire his students” ( Bennin and Mcmullan par. 2). The experiment is actually pretty simple. You would have to “walk out your door, pick a color that catches your eye, and watch your surroundings pop as you follow the color from object to object” ( Bennin and Mcmullan par. 2). On a Sunday, the authors attempted this experiment starting from the location in lower Manhattan. The first color they initiated with was blue with objects like a scarf, and a basketball court which later led to purple “leopard legs.” The walk ended with the color...

Retrospecting about 1102( Midterm Reflection)

When I walked into the internal environment of English 1102 I assumed it would be a traditional style of class. The connected chairs and desks were lined up in a formal way that signifies that the class is a traditional setting. The professor’s desk was placed in front of the whole class rather than being placed in the middle. Also, the white board was stationed behind the desk. So through these physical features, it was easy to conclude that it was going to be another “English class” that was required for my major. After an introduction of the class given by the professor, the regular grading system was replaced by a point system. classroom setting Before even delving into the the contents of the assignments I have to complete, the whole idea of the point system changed my perception on how I do my school work. Everyone involved in the class are more connected than we think. The amount of points everyone received were relative to each other, which made the class atmosphere more competitive. There will be outliers who don’t care whether or not if we had a point system or not, but for the most part, the points makes us be more aware of our class surroundings. example of a point system( not a class version though) The style of research is different than how I usually do them, because of one major factor; intensive use of your website. I was taught to write in forms of indented block paragraphs that flowed and remain cohesive throughout the text without the use of other modes of communications. The...

Gender Becoming Neutral

Example of post-gender Roles of masculinity and femininity were more defined during the older days, but in modern times, they have been intertwined to the extent where it can become shady in certain aspects. For this reason, designers now have to accommodate for this new social wave. And the new “wave” would be feminism. The reason for this momentum is because of people’s interest with “Mother Nature,” and “softness in interiors, with the open plan, the influence of hospitality, and an emphasis on tactile and textural materials like carpeting and textiles” ( Tick par. 4). Changes are made everywhere: 1) some schools remove the gender option in forms 2)  The company Google initiated ” gender-neutral or unisex bathrooms” (Tick par. 8). Google bathroom signs Even though this world is leading to a “post-gender world” there are still issues to face like preserving a person’s individuality.    ...
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