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 discovered shape, whereas maintaining an area that will get less than the outside of everybody who reads it. during this essay the visible arts of the computing device age morph into literature and idea after which again back to pictures, gestures, and concept.

This essay, in spite of the fact that, is simply the start of an unlimited number of writings that the editors have assembled to illustrate what was once innovative approximately Benjamin’s explorations on media. lengthy prior to Marshall McLuhan, Benjamin observed that the best way a bullet rips into its sufferer is strictly the best way a film or pop track motels within the soul.

This e-book 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 fashionable 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 glossy modifications of literature and portray. the amount includes 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 idea might be absolutely favored.

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