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 maintaining an side that will get below the surface of all people 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 idea.

This essay, besides the fact that, is just the start of an enormous choice 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 best way a bullet rips into its sufferer is strictly the way in which a film or pop music resorts within the soul.

This e-book includes the second one, and so much 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 published in essays at the creation and reception of artwork; on movie, radio, and images; and at the smooth adjustments 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 might be absolutely favored.

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