“Revealing Errors” by Benjamin Mako Hill

“Revealing Errors” by Benjamin Mako Hill was a very interesting article. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I thought it was very fascinating how the author talks about the history of “print” and how it developed and what that meant for errors. When people would scribe information it was very easy to change errors that occurred however when machines started to print and have errors it was not as easy to remove the errors. I like the quote that the author says in the begging of the reading where he says “a good tool is an invisible tool” then he goes on to talk about glasses and how they are a good tool because people are not looking at the lenses instead they are looking at the world through the lenses. However, when a smudge happens on the lens error occurs. He talks about the importance of revealing errors that haphttps://www.google.com/search?q=cell+phone+autocorrect+funny&biw=1626&bih=1110&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwju5aT_mtHMAhWI5YMKHZZTBj8Q_AUIBigB#tbm=isch&q=cell+phone+autocorrect+&imgrc=SUXl-96GkTfiDM%3Apen in technology.

stopped-my-iphones-auto-correct-fails-so-can-you.w654.jpg  I think that technology has become almost a sixth sense to us and its almost invisible. We are constantly using it and not realizing how much we actually depend on it. I thought it was very interesting when he discussed atms and how no one really thinks about that its actually all part of a system of coding and there is a process to this system and errors can happen. We tend to openly trust technology without questioning it and thinking about who is controlling it and who is writing these codes.


I thought it was really interesting and defiantly relatable when Benjamin talks about auto correct with text. I know that so many times I have had my phone auto correct words for me that completely change the meaning of the conversation for example whenever I write sec it automatically auto corrects to sex so if I am like yeah ill be there in a sec it always says ill be there sex this situation has been very awkward and defiantly exposes a glitch in the system. It is these small errors that remind us that the technology isn’t invisible and that it isn’t a sixth sense. I think this article does a great job at making note of that. I know myself I often rely way to much on technology I need to take a step back and learn to not rely on it as much as I do.



2 thoughts on ““Revealing Errors” by Benjamin Mako Hill

  1. I also really like his analogy about glasses, because the can definitely improve your life just like technology, but the hardware of the glasses can get in the way of perfect vision. I hadn’t thought about the smudge as a glitch, but I can very much relate to this variety of glitch as someone who does camerawork. If anything is on the lens or if it is smudged, it ruins the whole shot. It is astounding how one tiny speck can devalue an entire film.


  2. I totally feel and understand your analogy of autocorrect and how it completely changes the message. I am such a “drunk texter” when i’m sober, meaning that i spell like everything wrong unintentionally and my friends never know what it is i am saying or trying to say!! it’s interesting though how sometimes people can understand what you are trying to say with certain mistakes and how people have actually no idea what you are trying to say with other specific auto corrects and typos.


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