Response4 - Molly Shifrin PHL 241 February 17, 2009...

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Molly Shifrin PHL 241 February 17, 2009 Response Paper 4 Walter Benjamin thinks that our response to art and our sense perception in general itself have changed with the advent of mechanical reproducibility in a few major ways. One way that he talks about often in "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," is that these reproductions take away or wither the “aura of the work of art”(324). Quite obviously, the image that is produce by reproduction of any kind is far different from that image seen in it’s original form. It is no longer in it’s original form and therefore does not serve the same purpose. This is another point that Benjamin argues. When we reproduce art, we take it out of it’s context. He uses for example, cave etchings. At the time, these were not considered works of art. Now, pieces and pictures of these drawings are observed and critiqued as far more than scribblings on cave walls. Furthermore, Benjamin argues that technical reproduction “enables the original to meet
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