This week’s readings both deal with the misconception that glitch is a necessarily negative occurrence.
In Legacy Russell’s “Digital Dualism and the Glitch Feminism Manifesto,” glitch is discussed as being neither positive or negative in nature. Russell begins by exemplifying how the glitch figures into the theory digital dualism. Digital dualists insist that a digital reality (or synthetic reality) is completely removed from an outside reality (or naturally occurring reality). Glitches break down this theory as when one occurs suddenly and randomly, we the user are removed from the digital world by being reminded of an actual one. In this way, the glitch is an entity that breaks down barriers. Russell goes on to create a glitch feminist manifesto and asserts that the glitch says “fuck your systems!” Through these arguments, the glitch asserts itself as neither being a positive or a negative, but rather an occurrence that is incidental. Normalized social constructs establish the glitch as a non-normalcy and therefore an inaccuracy, but it is really just another way of thinking or perhaps a pathway to it.
Chad Parkhill and Jessica Rodgers view the glitch similarly in their work “Queer/Error: Gay Media Systems and Processes of Abjection.” Here, the authors recall a history of society “construe(ing) the queer as an error…and therefore abject(ing) it” (211). The authors also go on to cite how the media portrays “gay men, sex workers, and intravenous drug users with AIDS as deviant and immoral. Those who were infected with HIV via blood transfusion or heterosexual contact were represented as ‘innocent’ victims” (218). Here we see the social constructs of heteronormality placing judgement on the homosexual community, and it is here that it is clear that the glitch (homosexuality in a hetronomative perspective) makes itself a resource to bridge the gap between different ways of thinking just like it did with the different realities juggled by digital dualism.