Blog #4 (4/25/16)

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.


3 thoughts on “Blog #4 (4/25/16)

  1. When you talk about glitch being able to bridge a gap, i think you bring up a valid point. If we are viewing and discussing glitch as an object to create social change, i think what glitch activists strive to do with their work is bridge the gap. In class we discussed feminism and why people hate that word and i think its important to bring up what activism means. I think activists want equality, not superiority and authority but i think in attempting to gain this equality the lines between equality and superiority are blurred. Which makes complete total sense because t’s hard to achieve something without being aggressive and putting yourself out there and being heard and sometimes when that is done, the message comes across different than it was intended. I think glitch art exists as a way to bridge the gap, and the art itself has the ability to speak out about equality and not superiority


  2. I think your choice of quotes, especially in the Parkhill and Rodgers analysis, is very well chosen for your point in this blog. Understanding how media portrays gay men and how that media is hetero-normative helps us understand the error in all of this. The glitch, as you identify is homosexuality through a hetero-nomative spectacle. I use the word spectacle but your use of perspective implies the same. These are not valid lenses and the glitch in this perspective is this blatant inequality and the deeming of such a binary coinciding gay and straight with bad and good or not normal and normal.


  3. It’s crazy to think about how a small bug or error could totally take you out of the experience of watching a movie. Sometimes it’s the littlest things that standout the most to me,like a low hum or a flicker in an image. I feel that theses “mistakes” add to the overall uniqueness of the item,marking it as one of a kind.


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