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 such a lot discovered shape, whereas holding an area that will get less than the outside of every body who reads it. during this essay the visible arts of the computing device age morph into literature and conception after which again back to photographs, gestures, and suggestion.

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

This ebook includes the second one, and such a lot bold, of the 4 types of the “Work of paintings” essay—the person 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 paintings; 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 concept will be absolutely liked.

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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 such a lot discovered shape, whereas holding an area that will get less than the outside of every body who reads it. during this essay the visible arts of the computing device age morph into literature and conception after which again back to photographs, gestures, and suggestion.

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

This ebook includes the second one, and such a lot bold, of the 4 types of the “Work of paintings” essay—the person 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 paintings; 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 concept will be absolutely liked.

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