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Cubitt, Sean. 2017. Glitch. Cultural Politics, 13(1), pp. 19-33. ISSN 1743-2197 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Glitches, formally artifacts of errors in electronic transmission like CD stutters or dead pixels, interrupt communication and distract audiences without wrecking the systems they occur in. Permanent irritants, they operate as irruptions of difference into the indifferent flux of commodity exchange. They reveal the exclusions, notably of noise, that enable rational communication, and the underpinning dependence of ostensibly unique items in semantic chains on their mutual indifference. Glitches are symbols whose non-­‐human labor reveals the limits of humanism.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

10.1215/17432197-3755156

Keywords:

Glitch, media, technology, labor

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Media and Communications

Dates:

DateEvent
1 March 2017Published
18 May 2016Accepted

Item ID:

18389

Date Deposited:

20 May 2016 10:59

Last Modified:

27 Jun 2017 13:53

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/18389

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