Week 8 Queer Glitch Reading Response

My understanding of the Temas Y Variaciones video meshed together conflicting human emotions such as desire and violence, the description reads “the rupture is the only tool with which the rupture itself can be deconstructed; There is hope in the glitch.” The creator comments on postmodern capitalism, the video exemplifying super-powered corporations through the security cameras and the high demand of sex and violence that we as consumers need and get through our media intake.

This Legacy Russel reading explores the way in which people interact with sex online, in the forms of porn, sexting, G-chat, fantasy play and the split between our physical selves and our body which we immerse into these experiences.

Legacy Russel writes that “The glitch is the digital orgasm”  and she describes it as a type of foreplay or tease. This can be applied I think beyond sex, any form of internet interaction that we as consumers have online is a form of pleasure and when that gets interrupted through errors it only makes it all the more pleasing when it reloads and allows for the activity to continue.

She defines Glitch Feminism as to welcome the error of the social systems, feminism may be considered an error within some communities and as such she describes error as a “much needed erratum”, we need to break away from the system because much to the dismay of many it is flawed, it does not account for everyone, it is a patriarchal system who have accounted for the female on their own terms – “digital dualism needs to be retired”.

The Chad Parkhill reading explores the queer community as a system of maximum efficiency which creates communities for queer bodies and then helps further shape these identities. He looks into the SSO who look to maximise efficiency through advertisements that appeal directly to the gay, lesbian or bisexual readers (Parkhill, 214). However, there are still errors within systems like these, Parkhill suggests that these would be the HIV+ bodies who jam the system. Judith Butler’s theory of gender performativity suggests that these queer identities come into being through “a stylized repetition of acts” (Ibid. 213).

Even within these gay communities, Parkhill suggests that there is still an element of exclusion, in the example of HIV health advertisements in SSO which are always targeted towards a white male audience and exclude the female community and the gay people of colour. He goes on to look into the images of HIV+ bodies which in SSO appear attractive and healthy, unlike the ill-looking images of mainstream media which warn people of the disease and suggests this is an attempt to combat homophobia. He notes that often publications avoid this subject all together and choose the path of least resistance and maximum efficiency. (Ibid. 221) He goes into talking about the immune system by which there is the “self” which is threatened by the “other” such as AIDS however it can become unclear on how to distinguish between the two (Ibid. 224)






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