A trans historiography of glitches and errors

Whitney Whit Pow

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In 1978, queer and transgender programmer Jamie Faye Fenton created the first piece of experimental video glitch art, Digital TV Dinner, using the Bally Astrocade, a home computer and game console of her own design that was, for six months, the cheapest home computer available. Digital TV Dinner stands as a record of computational failure: it was created by Fenton through a pointed misuse of the computer system that caused the screen to dissolve into waves of pixelated glitches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-230
Number of pages34
JournalFeminist Media Histories
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Bally Astrocade
  • Digital TV Dinner
  • Digital media
  • Experimental video
  • Glitch art
  • Jamie Faye Fenton
  • Queer theory
  • Software studies
  • Transgender studies
  • Videogame studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • History


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