Friday, February 22, 2008

PUB: Grech, John, ed. "Walter Benjamin and the Virtual: Politics, Art, and Mediation in the Age of Global Culture." TRANSFORMATIONS 15 (2007).

Two things prevail in the essays presented in this collection. The first is the intense interest in the work of Benjamin coupled with a desire to re-invest it meaningfully into theories concerning the living relations of each author’s world. The second is the diversity of positions, terms of engagement, and interpretations of Benjamin’s work the authors herein adopt. Perhaps this second feature ought to have been expected, for just as the virtual dispersion through the media has diluted the power of the producer to determine the meaning of the artifact, so too, a diversity of approaches, interpretations, and applications can be expected to be taken in relation to Benjamin. . . . Read the entire issue here:

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