What’s color walking?

     In 2012 Brendan McMullan and Phia Bennin, write ‘Color Walking’, an article that explains an experiment called the “color walking,” on Radiolab Blogland. They explain and test out this refreshing idea. McMullan and Bennin write that a man named William Burroughs “dreamed up a tool to inspire his students: color walks.” The color walk is a walk that consists of choosing any one color that stands out and following it from “object to object” without any real purpose or goal.

     This concept seems simple and easy to comprehend, but in retrospect can open up doors for people who are observing the walk. McMullan and Bennin tested it out and explained their journey starting in lower Manhattan. They allowed themselves to be flexible with the colors they chose and decided to go with what they found amusing. They used diction like “led us” and “pulled us” that described what the colors they chose did to them. McMullan and Bennin informs readers that the walk helped them distinguish different colors with their own descriptions like “rusty orange” and “humble yellowly green” By the end of it, colors were stamped in their brain.

    McMullan and Bennin conclude by giving advice to readers on what they think they should do to make the walk a more pleasant experience. They express that time is important, and it should be done with no interruptions. They advise people to choose a color that makes their heart go “thump-thump,” which simply means choose a color that catches their eye. And lastly McMullen and Bennin encourage people to choose another color when getting lost, and the idea of getting lost means ones on the “right track.”

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