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

By Walter Benjamin

Benjamin’s recognized “Work of artwork” essay units out his boldest thoughts—on media and on tradition in general—in their such a lot learned shape, whereas conserving an side that will get lower than the surface of everybody who reads it. during this essay the visible arts of the desktop age morph into literature and conception after which again back to photographs, gestures, and inspiration.

This essay, despite the fact that, is barely the start of an enormous choice of writings that the editors have assembled to illustrate what was once progressive approximately Benjamin’s explorations on media. lengthy ahead of 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 tune hotels within the soul.

This booklet includes the second one, and such a lot bold, of the 4 types of the “Work of paintings” 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 sleek changes 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 will be absolutely preferred.

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