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

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

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BenjaminAce(tm)s famous AceoeWork of ArtAce essay sets out his boldest thoughtsAceqon media and on culture in generalAceqin their most realized form, while retaining an edge that gets under the skin of everyone who reads it. In this essay the visual arts of the machine age morph into literature and theory and then back again to images, gestures, and thought. This essay, however, is only the beginning of a vast collection of writings that the editors have assembled to demonstrate what was revolutionary about BenjaminAce(tm)s explorations on media. Long before Marshall McLuhan, Benjamin saw that the way a bullet rips into its victim is exactly the way a movie or pop song lodges in the soul. This book contains the second, and most daring, of the four versions of the AceoeWork of ArtAce essayAceqthe one that addresses the utopian developments of the modern media. The collection tracks BenjaminAce(tm)s observations on the media as they are revealed in essays on the production and reception of art; on film, radio, and photography; and on the modern transformations of literature and painting. The volume contains some of BenjaminAce(tm)s best-known work alongside fascinating, little-known essaysAceqsome appearing for the first time in English. In the context of his passionate engagement with questions of aesthetics, the scope of BenjaminAce(tm)s media theory can be fully appreciated.It is tied to the memory of a remarkable man. Ernst JoAll, the chief doctor for the Kreuzberg school district [Stadtoberschularzt], came up with the plan for the show and for a good while took the lead in its design. ... obstinate, cultish notions), in the service of a cause: thoroughgoing and logical enlightenment of the public [ VolksaufklAcrung].2 If this man left ... they seal themselves off in nonsectarian religious colonies and vAplkisch shock troops in Mazdaznan communities and dance groups, anbsp;...

Title:The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility, and Other Writings on Media
Author: Walter Benjamin, Michael William Jennings, Brigid Doherty
Publisher:Harvard University Press - 2008

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