The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility, and Other Writings on Media

By Walter Benjamin

Benjamin’s recognized “Work of artwork” essay units out his boldest thoughts—on media and on tradition in general—in their so much learned shape, whereas maintaining an facet that will get less than the outside of everybody who reads it. during this essay the visible arts of the computing device age morph into literature and thought after which again back to pictures, gestures, and idea.

This essay, notwithstanding, is just the start of an unlimited selection of writings that the editors have assembled to illustrate what used to be progressive approximately Benjamin’s explorations on media. lengthy sooner than Marshall McLuhan, Benjamin observed that the way in which a bullet rips into its sufferer is strictly the best way a film or pop track hotels within the soul.

This ebook comprises the second one, and such a lot bold, of the 4 types of the “Work of paintings” essay—the one who addresses the utopian advancements of the trendy media. the gathering tracks Benjamin’s observations at the media as they're printed in essays at the creation and reception of artwork; on movie, radio, and images; and at the smooth changes of literature and portray. the amount includes a few of Benjamin’s best-known paintings along interesting, little-known essays—some showing for the 1st time in English. within the context of his passionate engagement with questions of aesthetics, the scope of Benjamin’s media idea could be totally preferred.

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