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The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin
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Nov 01, 2011

really liked it

This is a provocative essay on the changing nature of art in western society. Benjamin points out that the changes in class structure from the 19th to 20th century gave birth to an art form for the masses, film (the spectator doesn't need to be literate or have access to paintings or sculptures). The essay left me wondering what Benjamin would think of our current age of digital social media and instant reproducible imagery where everyone is a filmmaker, photographer, writer, etc.

As for the essay on Kafka, I was pretty lost, kind of like when I try to read Kafka.
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