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The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Overall, I found the author’s take on the way in which art is consumed in the modern age quite interesting.  Although this was originally written in the late 1930s, many of the author’s points can be applied to even today’s society, especially with his comparison of film and paining. I often found myself comparing technology […]

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reading “The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction”

Benjamin describes the ‘aura’ of a work of art as its uniqueness, its authenticity. Moreover, he describes the ‘aura’ as the “unique phenomenon of distance”. The unique distance to an objects physical location, its history, its life and afterlife. We experience the ‘aura’ of something that is not in our immediate reach, both physically and […]

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RE: The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

For aura is tied to his presence; there can be no replica of it. The aura which…cannot be separated for the spectators from that of the actor.

I first read Benjamin’s essay some years ago in a very different context and was really interested by the concept of aura and authenticity. I’m going to try […]

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reading THE WORK OF ART IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION (by Walter Benjamin)

Ok, folks! At first I should say that this text made me think about Fascism, technology, alienated aesthetic, and notions on authenticity.

Despite being written in 1936, the text is astonishingly modern. To contextualize the reader into the early 1930’s, Benjamin goes back to Marxism, explains the infant conditions of Capitalism as a system that would in […]

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The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

I read Walter Benjamin’s The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproductionin the hope that it might provide an exit strategy from the digital content stalemate, the Mexican standoff between (let’s count them!):

content creators companies that own content consumers who pay for digital content consumers who do not pay for digital content […]