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

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 preserving an aspect that will get below the outside of each person who reads it. during this essay the visible arts of the laptop age morph into literature and thought after which again back to pictures, gestures, and concept.

This essay, even though, is barely the start of an unlimited choice of writings that the editors have assembled to illustrate what used to be innovative approximately Benjamin’s explorations on media. lengthy earlier than Marshall McLuhan, Benjamin observed that the best way a bullet rips into its sufferer is precisely the best way a film or pop music resorts within the soul.

This publication includes the second one, and such a lot bold, of the 4 models of the “Work of artwork” 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 construction and reception of paintings; on movie, radio, and images; and at the sleek adjustments of literature and portray. the quantity 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 thought might be absolutely liked.

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