Throughout this class, I have been noticing a pattern or theme in the movies we’ve watched and the movements we’ve read about: the more uncomfortable the audience, the louder the message. For example, while reading about the SI movement, we can see they actively challenge the reader and directly call on the reader to counter their extreme points; La Hora de Los Hornos uses the slaughterhouse scenes to illuminate the consumer cycle; Chris Burden interrupts the hypnotic state of TV watchers by squirming his bare body over shards of glass; Phil Patiris taking the magical images of Tinker Bell and incorporating the gruesome bombings of Iraq; students posting on yik yak about the BLM protest at frary; the racial separation of our class for the activity. This theme really became clear to me when we split up by “race” for the class activity. Initially, I didn’t like that we were split up. Everyone in the “non-white” group expressed how uncomfortable it made them feel. Then Professor Lamb said that that was the point, and I realized that it is uncomfortable which drives the loudest points. When we are made uncomfortable (even by reality), we become hyperaware of what is making us uncomfortable. People are not moved or swayed by the “normal”, every day experiences they have; being uncomfortable makes us want to change and revert back to our comfort zones. Being uncomfortable also shocks people into conversation. I think there’s a lot to learn about social movements and a lot to teach through social movements if we utilize the tool of “uncomfort.” Now, I am glad we were split up by “race” in class, and I hope we learn how to utilize the power of being and making others uncomfortable in order to make the loudest statements at the 5Cs.