Glitch Feminism: Against the System

In this week’s readings I noticed several trends that might help us better understand this growing field of glitch studies. In the article by Russell, she discusses Glitch through the concept of pornography and the manner in which she mentions Glitch as a type orgasm or type of foreplay. Russell discusses how when we experience glitch in the digital era, we are mad because we have a desire to see things unfold as we would like but glitch interferes with this. As a result we are left with a desire for more. Taking this into consideration, I feel that I do not fully agree with the statement. Although I do understand the desire to want to solve a glitch, I do not see glitches as a positive. Many times I need to search up something very quickly on the Internet and I come across some glitch. I do not view the glitch in a positive manner rather I am very angry that I cannot get my work done. This being said I do understand glitch as something to be desired I just don’t feel that it depends on the circumstance in which you encounter said glitch.

I also found the Parkhill discussion on Queer in relation to glitch to be very interesting. What struck me the most in this discussion was Jean Epstein’s theory that Parkhill mentions in his piece. He states that Epstein believed that homosexuality was an error in nature that defines explanation and renders itself inexplicable. I feel that it is not correct to state that being queer is an error because that means that all queer people have some sort of defect. I feel the idea of being normal or errorless is something subjective, I don’t feel that errors in people or nature are something that can be pointed out because we do not know what is truly normal. Overall, I feel that systems makes us believe certain ways and just like Glitch feminism goes against the systems set, our ideologies should also go against these systems.

Thinking about going against the system had me thinking of this song the whole day so I’ll just leave this here…


4 thoughts on “Glitch Feminism: Against the System

  1. I understand your frustration with glitches, and I too did not see them in a positive way and I still don’t completely, but using glitch as an art form is so powerful and has changed my perspective. Glitch art takes back the error and uses it to expose the structures at hand and shake things up. Then again, when we create glitch art it is for the purpose of art, and it isn’t interrupting our own computer activities. The glitches that disturb us are conducted by the computer itself, whereas glitch art is initiated by people to prove a point, so a love/hate relationship with glitches still remains.

    Also good call with the song!!


  2. I like the part about the positives and negatives of glitching.I think that in general,glitching may cause more harm than good in terms of computer glitches or any electronic glitch, but glitching can cause positive outcomes and create change that would not have been created otherwise. It can help or alter a program to run better or faster. With nothing man made being 100% effeicent,glitches and errors are bound to happen in some form or another


  3. I think when discussing glitch as being positive or negative, you have to take into account the mindset behind the glitch and the context of the situation. While a photo of supermodels glitched and looking up something on your computer and then experiencing a glitch both fall under the glitch category, i think that they both have very different meanings. A glitched photo of supermodels speaks out and makes a statement against women and body image in society, while trying to google something or type something in microsoft word and experiencing a glitch doesn’t mean anything except for that sometimes technology sucks. I think when the readings discussed glitch feminism, they were referring to glitch art such as the glitched super model pic i described above and not computer glitches. I think, instead, there should be two separate categories, glitch and glitch art. Not everything needs to and is intended to make a statement and i think that a lot of the times in today’s day and age, we look at the world as a place full of signs and symbols and meaning. While a lot of it does have symbolic meaning, i also think there are things that sometimes do not have this meaning.


  4. I like the idea you bring across in your post about the positive and negative sides to glitching I too feel the same way I am not quite sure how exactly i feel about glitch and maybe that a good thing. Glitch is still so unknown and there is so much to learn about I feel that I have a lot more exploring to do. I like victorias comment above and how she dresses that there should be two different categories for glitching. ” glitch art and glitch its something to think about because they both are very different however they both also are glitches.


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