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Hopefully, you’ll remember this troubled look of the cultural theorist Walter Benjamin and that he was responsible for the oft-cited 1936 essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” The full text is available online here(edit link fixed). In it, Benjamin chronicles both the loss of aura or singularity involved in mechanical reproduction and discovers in this loss a democratizing liberation of the image from classical models of representation.

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