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“Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” CCS 101 Week 2 Claire Yu
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Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) German literary and cultural critic, philosopher Associated with the Frankfurt School ( a school of neo-Marxist social theory associated with Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. Frankfurt School scholars tend to be critical of both capitalism and Soviet
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The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (/Reproducibility) 1936 essay Written at a time when Adolf Hitler was already Chancellor of Germany, the essay highlights the use of art for political practices. Yet unlike other key figures of the Frankfurt School, who consider cultural commodities function in the service of capitalism, Benjamin sees emancipatory potential in new media technologies.
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Art in its traditional form “Even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it happens to be”(3)
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