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Matthew Fuller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262062749

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262062749.001.0001

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Software Studies

Olga Goriunova

Alexei Shulgin

The MIT Press

This chapter starts with the different definitions of the term “glitch” in different fields, specifically in electronic, circuit-bending, and software industries. It explains the glitch concept in the field of software as an unpredictable and unavoidable error in the behavior of the system. Glitches, or bugs, manifest the authenticity of software aesthetics. The chapter explains that a glitch can be software or hardware jargon and examines the common situations of occurrence. The later parts of the chapter emphasize the impact of glitches in computer technology, media art, designing, and various other fields.

Keywords:   software glitches, system behavior error, software authenticity, computer technology, media art

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