I am trying to make the letters of my text look like they are "electrified" with jagged edges. How would I do that?? I've tried making my text an object and then doing the "envelope" thing but that didn't seem to offer any way to do this.
Would help a bit if you mentioned what version of Illustrator you are using. Otherwise the effect might not exist.
In CS5 or CS6 I might try:
Cool thing about Effects is they are none destructive so no need to outline text or expand paths.
Check your Appearance panel to disable or make changes on the fly.