Blog #1 (4/7/16)

The PDF readings assigned all spoke to the issue of incorrectness or error in different ways.

In “The Subversive Use of Theory,” Slajov Zizek outlines his frustration with the “Bologna reform of higher education.” He claims that the capitalization of higher education has paradoxically created a system in which scholars are taught how to solve problems (which serves big businesses and conglomerates’ needs), but not how to “true(ly) think.” Problems to the Bologna reform scholar are black and white and solved through a measuring of pros and cons. Problems to the true thinker are solved by constantly questioning the established. These thinkers are able to analyze issues from a global and philosophical perspective- a more productive and insightful perspective. Zizek concludes by confessing that there is a need to have intellectuals that can be a happy medium between the two extremes.

“Error, Noise, and Potential: The Outside of Purpose” is Mark Nunes’s commentary on error as it is commonly perceived and how it should be perceived. He writes, “Error, in effect, serves its purpose as a corrective– what keeps purpose on purpose and tasks on goal.” Contrary to popular belief, error can be a positive. Error implies a need for correction, and without correction there is no progress and no creation or synthesis of new ideas. Indeed, error can be used to expose weakness- as is the case in hacking, where a security error is exploited. This exploitation empowers one to fill gaps and create a stronger product which would not happen without the motivation of error.

In Rosa Menkman’s “Glitch Studies Manifesto,” glitch is highlighted as a revolutionarily philosophical art form. While “art” is considered to be the beautification of reality by many, glitch artists derive their art from error- exactly what the traditional artist desperately attempts to avoids. Again, this artist sees mistakes and disconnects as a mode of creating new connections and finding new frontiers to explore.


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