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

By Walter Benjamin

Benjamin’s well-known “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 side that will get below the outside of all people who reads it. during this essay the visible arts of the laptop age morph into literature and conception after which again back to photographs, gestures, and suggestion.

This essay, notwithstanding, is just the start of an enormous 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 precisely the way in which 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 paintings” essay—the person who addresses the utopian advancements of the fashionable media. the gathering tracks Benjamin’s observations at the media as they're published in essays at the construction and reception of artwork; on movie, radio, and images; and at the glossy variations of literature and portray. the quantity comprises a few of Benjamin’s best-known paintings along attention-grabbing, 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 conception may be absolutely liked.

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