Deconstruction for Glitch as Deceit

by León De la Rosa Carrillo

  • Glitch as Deceit
  • These frames were grabbed from this video on 10.25.2012:
  • In the video, a BBC newscast mistakenly uses the logo for the fictitious United Nations Space Command [from the first-person videogame shooter Halo] when referencing the very real United Nations Security Council. You can read more about it here.
  • It is unknown why frames 2 & 3 are displayed as glitches, the original source-video from Youtube contained several similar frames.
  • Not only are two of these images displayed as glitches themselves, but they also make reference to an erroneous, glitchy research process on the part of whoever was in charge of finding the graphic.
  • In a sense these images and the story behind them are an example of a glitch that transcended digital media.
  • The frame grabs were glitched by randomly inserting the phrase [GLITCH_AS_DECEIT] into their alphanumeric values:

    Click to download a PDF with the intervened alphanumeric values.

    Click to download a PDF with the intervened alphanumeric values.

    Click to download a PDF with the intervened alphanumeric values.

    Click to download a PDF with the intervened alphanumeric values.

  • An animated GIF was created to serve as centerpiece:

    Centerpiece for the Glitch as Deceit portrait

  • A PDF file containing the intervened alphanumeric values of the images above was then converted into image files.
  • The alphanumeric values for these images were themselves intervened by substituting specific characters with the word [Deceit]:
  • The resulting images were then mixed in with the original files in order to create an animated GIF that served as the background:

    Background for the Glitch as Deceit portrait

Suggested follow up questions:

  • Who is deceiving who?
  • Can real-world occurrences [as opposed to virtual-world instances] truly be considered glitches?
  • What are the implications of the concept of a meta-glitch?
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