benjamin's art and reproduction


musings written ... some later time ..... and some thoughts later...

art as a medium that is mechanically reproduced..and used as a tool to control by being presented to the masses. marx... but without the complete division of labor to bring capitalism (or whatever) to its end. then you ain't got no revolution... if info rmation is proliferating just like art... then in the end ... maybe it's the similar or the same, different means to the same end.

basically the mechanization of the reproduction of art is two-sided - good and bad. bad-- it is unfortunate that we lose the uniqueness ["aura"] of work (information as a unique knowledge) and works of art... on the other hand the widespread distributi on of art (information) makes possible or at least conceivable the spreading of grass roots organization through the dissemination of information (art) like wildfire baby ... until capital got wind and what did we get? ... i think we probably got the Tel ecommunications (in)Decency Act... and a bunch of providers asking for demographics to tailor advertising so we can't possibly spend a moment without the possiblity of consuming ... What do we consume anyway?

....make possible the division of labor, etc.... i forget why... or my brain won't go in that direction right this second...

Information is no longer unique. or is it knowledge? and so the macro-, micro-pedias [as the culmination of the knowledge of the world] of the past have become the internet of the future/present... by the availability of information to the masses (at leas t the possibility was there) grass roots organizing using the web became a possibility - and then the culmination of you know who's revolution became a possibility.... but the flexibility of capital resolves the contradictions to keep control...(marx) did n't think there was going to be a middle class.... and so the middleman (yes it's usually a man or an 'it') blocks the masses from the controlling or overcoming or overtaking revolution? capital...

the mechanization and mass dessimination of art and it's loss of 'aura' and information...

"interesting residual effect of mechanical reproduction since this sharing of a books (i.e., libraries no doubt), is not an increase of readership based on an increase of production. the loaning of books, it is possible at least, might itself become a for m of community that would assist in the revolutionary aspects of the work. " mtr


"If i can't dance i don't want to be part of your revolution..." -emma...


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