A City Divided by Color


If you were to walk down Peachtree Street at night. You would be walking in a well lite area, surrounded my restaurants and businesses filled to capacity. The outside of these places would be vibrantly lit by their signs. All of these colors and lights would be flashing in your face. You could walk freely because you would not have to worry about tripping on an uneven sidewalk or being mugged unexpectedly. You would have no worries because Peachtree Street is a high-class area with upper-class residents and excited tourist. As you were walking down this grand street you would be mindful not to a venture to Auburn Ave which crosses parallel to Peachtree Street. If you did happen to mistakenly walk down this street, your surroundings would be dull boarded up buildings. There is very little light in this area and color is, even more scare. This street is known for its crime, poverty, and the dreaded minority. As you walk you would not see businesses full with people, you would instead see broken and uneven sidewalks lined with homeless individuals.

When comparing these two built environments, the two elements that mainly set them apart are color and lighting.

 The vibrant colors and lights that a person sees embedded in the exterior built environment of Peachtree Street when juxtaposed to the dull and dilapidated colors and lights of Auburn Street showcase the wealth and class disparity between both environments

This is the intersection were Auburn Ave and Peachtree Street collide. This picture was taking in the 1940's when both streets were equally in terms of economic and social status. (Just image the color hiding behind the black and white film.)

This is the intersection where Auburn Ave and Peachtree Street collide. This picture was taking in the 1940’s when both streets were equal regarding economic and social status. (Just image the color hiding behind the black and white film.)

Auburn Ave and Peachtree Street were once at the same social and economic level. Residents and users of the spaces were for the most part well of. Each of these built environments had the same basic elements. Both with building that were different shades brown, gray, or tan. With colorful billboards and store signs, along with bright lights to make the streets more vibrant. The only difference between the streets was that Auburn Ave was utilized by  minorities mainly African Americans and Peachtree Street were utilized by whites.

As time went on Auburn Avenues economic status dropped, and the billboards and bright signs started to come down as businesses began to close, and buildings became boarded up. As this happened, Peachtree Street continued to thrive and expand increasing its lights, bright colors, and flashy appearance annually.

n,Color is a fundamental aspect of the very built environment. Because it reflects the viewpoints, dynamics, and status of the people in that particular built environment.

Every street in a city, including Atlanta,  has it a color scheme that is unique to its residents and those that are occupying the space. Which means that Peachtree Street/s color scheme compared to Auburn Ave’s color scheme would naturally be different. In an article written by a group of researchers found that color is reflective of the lives of people. In their study they talked about a scientist, named Green, who defined color in an unusual, yet remarkable way. He describes the local color as “all sights, sounds, smells and tastes, impressions of space and time, physical meetings and social interactions that individual experiences in space”(Zybaczynski). From his point of view, color effects, and reflects everything in a built environment.  His viewpoints refer back to Peachtree Street and Auburn Ave. For instance, the lack of color in Auburn Ave reflect the social and economic status of the people. That lack of color also affects them in numerous other ways.


mnColor affects many elements of the people that it surrounds. The main aspect that color effects in people’s lives are their moods. Psychologist Jamie Hyodo studied this phenomenon in depth with a very detailed experiment. Him and his team showed colors to various groups of people and recorded how the different colors made the people react. His founding revealed that the same color can mean something different to various cultures, genders, and races. However, no matter the individual’s background, in general, cool colors (red, orange, yellow) make people feel pleasure. And, warm colors (blue, green, purple) make people feel excitement (Hyodo). All of these colors are rarely seen on Auburn Ave unless they are on some of the few businesses on the street or in the gratify on the abandoned buildings. However, these colors can be seen up and down Peachtree Street.

These finding, when combined with Greens statement, show that that the lack of color on Auburn Ave reflects its inhabitants the economic status, but also the affects the everyday well-being of the people living on that street. The vibrant colors of Peachtree Street reflect the status of those living on and being tourist on the street but also affects the overall experience of the street.

center of peachtree street
Peachtree Street





Much of the color showcased on these two streets is through lighting. Many signs have light bulbs in them so that they will visible at night. Peachtree Street has far more of these lights than Auburn Ave. There was an extensive experiment done on the effects of outdoor lighting on judgment and emotion. Various people were tested on their facial features and reaction from people exposed to a certain amount of light. The finding showed that subjects responded better with good lighting than made light. Moreover, their facial expressions revealed that when they experience more luminescence, they felt more positive(Fotios).

These findings show how the copious amounts of lights on Peachtree Street make people in the area more alert and feeling positive while the lack of light on Auburn Ave make the residents feel less alert and less happy.

It has been proven that color and lights have an effect on the general mood of the people in a built environment. Also that the color in those built environments reflects different aspects of the residents in those built environments. All of these aspects show how color and lighting showcases the differences between two built environments.

With that being said color and lighting are not the only factors that showcase this divide in social and economic status. There are number of other things can be looked at like family size, particular businesses in neighborhoods, birthrate and so on. However, color and lighting are the most obvious dividing factors between these two built environments.

If a person was to walk down to streets that were identical. One street had vibrant colors such as red, green, and bright blue and walked down another street that has dull colors that are only dark brown, gray, and darkish red tones. That would make them feel more down and less happy.

So it is no coincidence that the people in the colorless environment ,that are a lower economic and social level, and are proven to be least happy. So color reflects and affects emotion, which is exact representation of residents of both Peachtree Street and Auburn Street.

These findings are broader than Peachtree Street and Auburn Ave it can be seen throughout America. The US has one of the largest wealth disparity gap in the world. Subsequently, the color divide can be seen through the various cities in America.

In America, especially Atlanta places with vibrant colors are associated with higher class areas. Thus, color reflects economic status. Neighborhoods like Dunwoody, Buckhead, and Peachtree Street have vibrant colors. Moreover, areas with higher poverty rates like West End, College Park, and Auburn Ave have less color.

Color is everywhere in the world and is an essentially part of daily lives, even if we fail to notice it. Everyone deserves color even those  with low economic and social statuses.


Work Cited 

Fotios,S. Lighting Research & Technology. May2015, Vol. 47 Issue 3, p301-315. 15p. 2 Black and White Photographs, 2 Diagrams, 5 Charts, 1 Graph.

Hyodo, Jamie. Advances in Consumer Research. 2011, Vol. 39, p858-867. 10p. 6 Charts. , Database: Business Source Complete

ZYBACZYNSKI, Veronica Maria. Urbanism. Architecture. Constructions / Urbanism. Arhitectura. Constructii , 2014, Vol. 5 Issue 4, p87-92, 6p. Publisher: National Research & Development Institute URBAN-INCERC.)




Working on Title of Analysis

Color Showcases the Class Disparity of Atlanta

Atlantas Class Disparity Reflexed the Colors Embedded in the Streets

The Joys of Color are Only for the Rich

The Color threaded through Atlanta Reflect the Class Disparity

Do the Colors Embedded in Atlanta Reflex Class Disparity?

A City Divided By Color 

Digital Description

GGC College

The Georgia Gwinnett College was founded in 2006. It was the 1st four-year college founded in Georgia in more than 100 years. The college is located in Lawrenceville Georgia in the center of Gwinnett county. There are 11,000 students enrolled in the school. These 11,00 students along with students who wish to enroll in the school access the GGC website to answer their questions and concerns. The website address is http://www.ggc.edu/.

The main campus of GGC
The main campus of GGC

The site showcases all of the different things that the college has to offer. The five tabs are About GGC, Admissions, Academics, Student Life, and Athletics It uses these tabs to direct people to where they should go. The search tool is also used to help people navigate the site.

The sight uses an array of pictures of students as well as color to target its audience. The pictures that they use show diverse students with smiling faces to attract people to particular bits of information.


Color is also used to attract people to and away from certain things. The main color scheme of the website is green and white with a blue background. This color stays consistent throughout the entire website. The only variation in color is on the Athletics tab were the color green can be seen the prevalent.


The second variation in color is the color yellow that can be seen on the apply sign. This used to attract people to applying to the college.


The website doesn’t make me feel any particular way because it is not meant to make you feel anyway. The colors are bright, not bright enough to lighten my mood. The colors also not dark enough to make me feel bad. The website is also meant to be more professional not to be flashy enough to attract my attention and make me happy. Yet, not so dull that that I get uninterested.

All in all, the GGC website a good website that allows its users to navigate through the site easily and find exactly what it is they are looking for. It is a great first impression for those thinking of enrolling and can be very helpful to students already enrolled.

A  happy GGC student
A happy GGC student

Digital Description: Digital Record 1-7

  1. http://www.ggc.edu/
    • This is the first view that someone has when they enter the site. It showcases everything that the site has. The tool bar is a very helpful and anyone can navigate it. The slide show of pictures and informational paragraphs throughout it can show incoming students or enrolled students about the campus
  2. http://www.ggc.edu/about-ggc/
    • This is the first tab on the website. On it individuals can learn about every aspect of the GGC. They can read up on everything from the president to the various departments at the school. They can also learn about all the history of the school. The students are also able to get a glance of the diversity of the campus.
  3. http://www.ggc.edu/admissions/
    • This is the second tab on the website. It has many pictures and a lot of information. Being that it is the admissions tab it has the information that a student thinking of enrolling would need to and want to know. It also has a lot of pictures of happy smiling students.
  4. http://www.ggc.edu/academics/
    • This is the third tab of the website, which shows the students everything that they would need to know about the academics at the school. This tab appeals to both enrolled and unenrolled students. The colors in this tab are just like the colors everywhere on the website.
  5. http://www.ggc.edu/student-life/
    1. This is the fourth tab of the website which is basically like the other tabs. It has all the same colors, and the same design as the others. The only difference is that this particular tab has much more smiling students. The tab also has examples everything that a student hoping to or enrolled in the college would need to know.
  6. http://www.grizzlyathletics.com/
    • This is the 5th lab and last tab of the website. When you click on this tab it takes you directly to separate website for athletics. This website has a lot of green white and grey. And has many pictures students playing various sport. This is the perfect place for students to find about sports and how to join them at GGC.
  7. http://www.ggc.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/?utm_source=Apply%20now%20CTA&utm_medium=Button&utm_content=Button&utm_campaign=Pre-web%20refresh%20CTA%20traffic
    • The apply button is the only portion of the website that changes in color scheme. It is bold and yellow and attracts a viewer’s eye automatically. Because of this color nobody would be able to miss the apply button. This was strategically done by the people who created the website.

Digital Description: Field Notes

  • GGC.com
  • At first glace the website looks professional but simple enough that a person can navigate it easily
  • Off the bat I can tell the school colors are green and white, with a hint of blue.
  • As I navigate the site I see the
    • the president
    • different departments at the school diverse student: black, white,Asian, and so on
    • there is also an equal amount of women and men shown
    • there weren’t much older people unless they headed a department
  • The search bar at the top of the page is a very good one. I typed in president for example and all the information on the president of the university appeared.
  • the colors in this are pretty sable
  • green is the main color and blue is in the background.
    • the only time there is a various in color is when they want people apply to the college
      • when that is the case it is in yellow.
  • All in all, this is a great site. If someone wanted to find out information about ggc it would be easy for them to do so.

Outline: Built Environment Analysis

  • The vibrant colors embedded in the exterior built environment of Peachtree Street when juxtaposed to the dull and dilapidated colors of Auburn Street showcases the wealth and class disparity between both environments.
  • Auburn
    • color is gray, and different shades of brown
    • People create their own color with graffiti
    • Poorer neighborhood
    • More crime
    • inhabitants minorities


  • Peachtree Street
    • has brown and dull colors on certain buildings( law firms), but they are clean and crisp not like Auburn Street
    • Color can be seen on signs for restaurants, roads, signs. The city and owners create colors
    • Richer neighborhood
    • receives a lot of money from city
    • Less crime
    • Tourists and those who live there are not minorities


  • Both started out flourishing
    • Auburn- blacks
    • Peach tree street- white
    • Both had vibrant colors
  • Now Auburn isn’t thriving lost its color
  • Peach tree street still thriving has color
  1. intro
  2. map of peach tree and auburn
  3. description of history( talk about color)
  4. talk about how auburn went down but peach tree street stayed the same and in some ways got better
  5. different colors in each of those places and what they look like now
  6. why those colors are the way they are
  7. and how that represents the minorities and wealth gap

In Class Free Writing: March 28

Im focused on the effect of color in the built environment. In the interior, exterior, and digital environment. The main things that I plan on focusing on are the effects on mood, perception, and reactions that has the individual. All of things can affect a person tremodusly for instance if they walk  into a colorful room vs a room of all black, or white that would greatly change their mood , perception, and reactions.

I also want to focus on why builders and interior designers pick the colors that they do when constructing the built environment. They do this for the needs of the customer who’s mood is effected as well as the perceptions of the space , and their reactions to the space.

I will mainly use information that I have gathered from annotated bibliographies to explain my information. I will also use different class readings to help me explain the concept of the effects of color. And add in information that I have learned from the exterior, interior, and digital built environment descriptions that I have done.

Color has been an instrumental part of every thing that I have done in this class so it won’t be hard for me to find this information and relay into what I plan on doing.

This project for me will be a fairly simple one that can possibly help me in the future with different school assignments. But also just in my everyday life when I view color in an built environment.

I am also thinking about focusing on the effects of lighting in a built environment. I didn’t only focus on color I did many annotated biographies on light and this ties hand in hand with color. The only draw back with like is that it only really matters in the interior built environment were natural light or darkness isn’t as prevalent. So this may be the only thing that sops me from using this. If I have enough information to make a sizable case with just color alone i will just focus on color alone. But if I need to add in light I will.

All in all, this will be a simple task for me to complete because of al the information that I have gathered on the subject.


ALL: Annotated Bibliographies

ZYBACZYNSKI, Veronica Maria. Urbanism. Architecture. Constructions / Urbanism. Arhitectura. Constructii , 2014, Vol. 5 Issue 4, p87-92, 6p. Publisher: National Research & Development Institute URBAN-INCERC.

This article puts an emphasis on the importance of preserving color and the effects that it has on the local environment with local color being the most important aspect. Green defines local color as “all sights, sounds, smells and tastes, impressions of space and time, physical meetings and social interactions that individual experiences in space”. Essentially local color distinguishes one city from the other giving each city its own identity. The factors that help in this process are historical, culture, technological & economical, and social factors. The older and more complex the city the more of an identity it will have. The author suggested that the identity of a city can be seen through various characteristics like the color of streets, buildings, traffic signs, vegetation, and vehicles. This article does a good job of exampling the identity of a place but it would of been more effective if Green had pictures to example what it is saying. The article also ties in perfectly with the research of the effects of color and lighting that I am currently researching, by showing how color can positively affect the exterior built environment of a particular place.

A picture of an exterior built environment in Atlanta. The park has many different colors lighting top the night giving it a certain feel.
A picture of an exterior built environment in Atlanta. The park has many different colors lighting top the night giving it a certain feel.


Hyodo, Jamie. Advances in Consumer Research. 2011, Vol. 39, p858-867. 10p. 6 Charts. , Database: Business Source Complete

The author begins by stating that color is clearly everywhere and depending on the variations in the color scheme it can have a different effect on a person’s mood. He then explains a very detailed experiment and calculation of the effect of color. Which emphasized that “cool colors lead to affective pleasure responses more strongly than the warm colors and warm colors lead to affective arousal responses more strongly than the cool colors.” The author then explains how the same color can mean something different to various cultures, genders, and races. But no matter the person’s background, in general, cool colors make people feel pleasure. And warm colors make people feel excitement. An example is then used to show how this happens, it’s exampled how stores and businesses use this to attract consumers. This article relates directly to the past source that I researched of the effects on color in the exterior built environment. This article did a wonderful job of exampling the different aspects of colors and its direct relation to mood, which connects to the research that I doing on color in a built environment.

This is a picture of a very colorful restaurant. Every aspect of the built environment has some sort of color in it. And from one place you can feel a particular mood.
This is a picture of a very colorful restaurant. Every aspect of the built environment has some sort of color in it. And from one place you can feel a particular mood.


Poore, Patricia. Old-House Interiors. Jun2012, Vol. 18 Issue 3, p58-61. 4p. , Database: MasterFILE Elite

The author focuses on the color schemes that people choose when they decide paint their homes. He gives a series of the do’s and don’ts in picking those colors. And suggests looking out for different aspects before picking the color scheme of a home. The most empathized suggestion is picking colors that blend well with the existing color scheme of the neighborhood so that it doesn’t clash. The author does a good job of explaining exactly how to choose between the various colors. The article also tells the person to consider 5 major elements with the color scheme, which are body, major trim, minor trim, sash, and accents. An array of pictures are used to show the reader exactly how to utilizes these five elements. These pictures capture many homes from different vantage points. Showing the color on the homes as well as the background of the homes. In all of these pictures the homes tie together perfectly with its background. This was well written and fully exampled the concept, of color and its effects on homes. This ties in hand in hand with the research that I am doing on color and relates directly to the two previous sources that I have annotated. It especially relates to the one that I did on the exterior built environment.

This buildings incorporation of color is simple yet bold at the same time, and all the different homes tie together.
This buildings incorporation of color is simple yet bold at the same time, and all the different homes tie together.


Lighting Research & Technology. May2015, Vol. 47 Issue 3, p301-315. 15p. 2 Black and White Photographs, 2 Diagrams, 5 Charts, 1 Graph.

The various authors of this article highlight the effect of outdoor light on judgement and emotion. There was an experiment held where various aspects were tested from facial expressions to reaction time. In the findings of the equation the subjects responded much better when there were good lighting verses when there was ok or low lighting. This is a credible source that is organized in a way that makes it easier for the reader to understand the complex experiment. The various charts and graphs help the reader understand the qualitative data and the pictures help the reader understand the quantitative data. I chose this source because I wanted to see the effect of lighting on a built environment. This article focuses on the exterior environment which will correspond well with the interior build environment. In my other research that I have done so for I have focused on color but realized that color and lighting tie hand and hand. I will do more research on lighting in the coming annotated biography’s.

A picture of a backyard at night. The mood that a person feels in the same place at 6 in the evening vs 8 in the morning will vary.
A picture of a backyard at night. The mood that a person feels in the same place at 6 in the evening vs 8 in the morning will vary.


Lighting Research & Technology. Apr2015, Vol. 47 Issue 2, p192-209. 18p. 1 Color Photograph, 5 Charts, 4 Graphs.

The article focuses on how varied lightening conditions can contribute to the productivity in the workforce. There was an experiment held to see how lighting effects affect visual perceptions which in turn affect mood, alertness, and comfort. The experiment shows that brighter light/ mornings can make subjects more alert than duller light/ evenings. The one picture and nine charts help the reader to better understand the dense text. Though this is a great source the text which is somewhat boring in very drawn out. The author should of just went straight to point, which would have made for an easier read. I chose this source for the same reason I chose source four which was on exterior lighting effects. The reason being is I have focused on color and recently realized that color and lighten go hand in hand. All in all, this is a well written article that does an effective job of explaining the experiment.

A bright office. According to the office the employees will be alert and in a good mood because of the light.
A bright office. According to the office the employees will be alert and in a good mood because of the light.


Exchange (19460406); Nov/Dec2015, Issue 226, p40-43, 4p

The article talks about how environmental factors affect children’s stress levels in classrooms. It focuses on temperature and physical space, but the most interesting effect is lighting. The thing that sets this article apart from others, that I have researched, is that it suggests that instead of brightening classrooms, classrooms should be at mid lighting. The authors says that “Too much lighting can cause overstimulation and distraction, while dim lighting can cause headaches”. This article is good in the fact that it is easy to read and is less dense then other readings like the source from my fifth annotated biography. Though good the article still has its flaws, a major one is that the article could of gave more scientific information to back its findings, instead of just simply stating the facts. This would have made the article seem more valid. I choose this article because I wanted to understand the effects of light in classrooms and other spaces, and it gave me a great understanding of just that.

This classroom is very bright. The article would suggest diming the lights a bit.
This classroom is very bright. The article would suggest diming the lights a bit.


Jonker, Gerco. Colorful Living? 2006. Flicker, Zaandam.

A colorful apartment building in Europe.
A colorful apartment building in Europe.

This is a picture of a colorful apartment building in Europe. Every color in the rainbow can be seen on each of the individual complexes. The built environment of this location is extremely colorful and interestingly constructed. The photographer Gerco captured this picture at a perfect time of the day when the sun was shining on the colors of the building.  I choose this particular photo because it relates directly to my analysis of color in the built environment. This is perhaps the most extreme example of a splash of color in an exterior built environment because every inch of the building has color on it. Though this photo is great, there are a few small problems. If the picture were taken from a higher few looking down the viewer would be able to see more of the building as well as the exterior of the building. This photo relates directly to my other sources that I have read because they all have to do with color and lighting. On one of my previous annotated bibliographies, it talked about how color affects mood. When looking at this photo, it made me wonder what the residents of this apartment feel when the exit their buildings every day. Does it make them feel joy? Alternatively, are they annoyed by the color? All in all, this photo is great and made me question a lot and had me analyzing for some time.


Restaurant-Interior-Designs. Digital image. Designbuildideas. N.p., May 2013. Web. 17 Mar. 2016.

Colorful restaurant in the U.S.
Colorful restaurant in the U.S.

This is a picture of the inside a local restaurant in America. The picture captures the various colors in the restaurant. The lighting in this restaurant is very bright and flows through the entire restaurant. The color scheme of the restaurant is red, white, and different shades of brown. This particular color scheme makes the restaurant have a warm feeling. I chose this particular picture because it showed how color can affect the feeling and mood of an interior built environment. This photo doesn’t have any flaws. Because it was taking at a great time of day. And was taking from a great corner in the restaurant. This relates directly to many other annotated biographies that I have done in the past. Particular the one that I did on the effect of color and lighting in a classroom. It showed that a room with mid lighting and a good array of color can make students feel better and have a good mood. This proves that this restaurant that has good lighting and a good color scheme can make its customers have a good mood. In conclusion, this photo was a great one that portrayed the color and lighting in this particular photo.

Digital image. Thompson Turner Construction. N.p.,Web. 20 Mar. 16

This classroom is very bright. The article would suggest diming the lights a bit.
This classroom is very bright. The article would suggest diming the lights a bit.

This is a photo shows a bright and colorful classroom. The classroom is also very spacious and modeled for little children. I choose this particular photo because it relates directly to lighting and color on interior built environments. The photographer captured the various bright colors of the rainbow. As well as the extremely bright lighting of the classroom. This photo refers directly to many of the past annotated biographies that I have done in the past. Two, in particular, the one on the effects of bright color on mood. Moreover, the on effects of brightness on a learning environment. The bright colors must make the students in the classroom jubilant and alert. From what I learned to form the brightness source the extreme brightness of this classroom can be bad for the students, giving the heads or making them tired. All in all the photographer did an excellent job of capturing the essence of the room.

Wedel, Michel,Pieters. Marketing Science. Jan/Feb2015, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p134-143.

The red coca cola image is more important than the back ground.
The red coca cola image is more important than the back ground.

This article focuses on the effect of color on an ad image. The authors conducted two experiments to see these exact effects. First the author conducts an experiment that manipulates the blur of a picture and its presence or absence of color in the ad image, during exposures that lasted 100 milliseconds (music). The experiment showed that blur didn’t affect the perception of the ad. The second study tried to see if color inversion of the background affected the perception of the ad. The experiment showed that it didn’t. These experiments provided that the color of the central object is more important than the background color. I choose this article because it relates to the built environment, in many built environments there are ads so that individuals can see. This article relates every source that I have accessed on and about color. From the sources that talk about color in mood to the ones that talk about in the built environment. Over all this particular source is a great one that completely examples its point. The only thing that could have been different was if the article itself had color in it to gets its point across.

Reading Summary 6: Content Control

Example of Content Blocker
Example of Content Blocker

In the article “Better Online Living through Content, Moderation”, Melissa king, informs the reader on the issues of harassment and abuse that happens on the internet. She specifically talks about content control tools which are extremely important yet are opposed by individuals who have a misinformed opinion on the use of these tools.


She begins the article my explaining how content control tools can block certain information from appearing on internet user’s screens. She explains how these tools ae helpful but opposed in the popular culture because those who need to use these tools are often seen as week or too sensitive. And for many victims of who need these tools it is seen that they should just deal with the problem, also that it is their fault.

She then goes on to explain Computer- Chair Psychology, where the issue of the exposure theory came up. Because of this theory those that oppose this feel like victims shouldn’t have a problem with being exposed to harassment or situations that remind them of their past harassment. This goes along with the fact that many of those that oppose content control see internet abuse as just words so it wouldn’t matter if victims were exposed to this. The author brings up how viewing things in this way are completely flawed because “long term exposure to threating situations, such as online harassment can cause PTSD.” Exposure doesn’t help but harms the victim.


Threating legal Resources are the next things presented. An example of Content control is blacklist which are list of people or things that an internet users can be blocked from seeing. Though this tool is extremely helpful for victims many times internet users who are not harassers are placed on this list simply because of certain viewpoints that others find offensive. This may cause these individuals to disagree with the use of content control. The author urges these individuals to consider “how vicious and pervasive online harassment can be.” And to try and understand where the victim is coming from.

The author believes that content tools are helpful for those who can’t live by the saying “don’t feed the trolls.” And that people should be accepting of the psychological and sociological factors of online abuse before forming an opinion on content control.

Harassment can be detrimental to individuals.
Harassment can be detrimental to individuals.


The authors viewpoints are valid and should be considered. She presented her information is a very clear way that helped the reader fully understand the topic. The only thing that the author could have done differently was present some scientific information or a study in the writing to make it less opinionated and more factual. Other than that the article is a great that if read will open the minds of people who may have never considered this information in the past.

Reading Summary 5: Color Walk

A crowed street that has color in every aspect of it.
A crowed street that has color in every aspect of it.

Color is an essential aspect of our daily lives. Though many times in life we do not pay close attention to the colors around us. If we were to pay attention to the different aspects of life were color heavily and lightly used our views of the world would vary considerably

In the article “Color Walking”, Phia Benin and Brendan McMullan, explain the concept of color walking. The pair tells the audience, of the general public, to “walk out your door, pick a color that catches your eye and to follow that color around.” They explain the amazement the reader will feel when the various colors pop out at them.

The pair then goes on to example their walk through New York City streets and the images that they saw. They utilize something that can only be done in a digital space, which was a step by step timeline with images of their adventure. This was a very helpful way of presenting the information which helped the reader understand the concept more than if they were to read in text.

A colorful NYC street. Try to focus on one color in the picture.
A colorful NYC street. Try to focus on one color in the picture.

To wrap up the post, the authors example that after doing this experiment the different color schemes hung in their “brains and eyes”. This short walk profoundly changed their view of every other color for the rest of the day. The reader is then encouraged to try this experiment themselves and is then given tips how to do it effectively. The reader is advised that on a color walk they should give themselves an hour of uninterrupted time where they focused only on colors. The audience is then encouraged to pick one color and follow that color around. Lastly that if a person gets lost to pick another color. Moreover, if they get really lost their “on the right track”, because that means that they are focusing solely on that color.

When going color walking go before dark.
When going color walking go before dark.

The authors did an excellent job in this article it was short and sweet yet very well researched and performed in a great way. With the mix of the previous research and the authors research the reader got two very well researched experiments on a single topic. The authors use of the digital space also furthered the readers understanding of the text. All in all, the authors did an excellent job of presenting the information on color walking.

Work Cited

Bennin, Phia, and Brendan McMullan. “Color Walking.” Radiolab Blogland. N.p., 29 June 2012. Web. 08 Mar. 2016.