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

By Walter Benjamin

Benjamin’s recognized “Work of paintings” essay units out his boldest thoughts—on media and on tradition in general—in their so much discovered shape, whereas keeping an aspect that will get lower than the outside of every person who reads it. during this essay the visible arts of the laptop age morph into literature and thought after which again back to photographs, gestures, and suggestion.

This essay, in spite of the fact that, is barely 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 prior to Marshall McLuhan, Benjamin observed that the way in which a bullet rips into its sufferer is precisely the best way a film or pop tune inns within the soul.

This publication comprises the second one, and such a lot bold, of the 4 models of the “Work of artwork” essay—the one who addresses the utopian advancements of the fashionable media. the gathering tracks Benjamin’s observations at the media as they're printed in essays at the creation and reception of paintings; on movie, radio, and images; and at the smooth differences of literature and portray. the quantity comprises 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 concept could be absolutely favored.

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