Hill’s article “Revealing Errors” has made me think about the ways in which the very technology that consumes us in our every day lives has become both so apparent and invisible at the same time. What I mean is, living in the 21st century and in an age where electronics, computers, and satellites surround us everywhere, we are nearly blinded by technology’s smooth nature and effects. That is, until it stops working on us.
I think that technology has become such a colossal element of our lives as humans that often time we take so many essential things about it for granted. Like Hill mentions, technology has blended into our lives seamlessly as it becomes more and more advanced and developed with every new invention that is released each year. What is truly interesting, which I have never really sat down to think about, is the fact that Hill is correct in a sense that we truly don’t realize the vulnerability of technology until something actually goes wrong. For instance, being the millennial that I am, high speed internet and 4G data are practically oxygen to me. And just like breathing oxygen, it’s just something I don’t think about how much I depend on it. So whenever the internet in the house or Davidson library starts to act up and goes haywire, it’s almost like a snap back into reality and suddenly I realize that these things are just commodities which are also flawed and imperfect.
“Errors are underappreciated and underutilized in their ability to reveal technology around us.”
Perhaps in relation to glitch art, I believe that the ways in which the errors in technology have the ability to actually make technology visible is similar to how glitches can have the power to reveal something that is beyond the original. A picture of an American flag can have its aesthetics, but a glitched American flag can make a statement. Hill’s article shows that errors and glitches extend far beyond their faults and defects, and instead allows us to see what possibly could not have been seen before.