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You Wanna Be Smarter Obviously, You're Thinking Of Buying This Book,
This review is from: The Work of Art in The Age of Mechanical Reproduction (Paperback)Your first step in that direction would be not to buy this book. This essay is available in "Illuminations" along with a host of others for just a little more money. $9.95 for a 36 page essay? Prove how smart you are.
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Initial post: Aug 12, 2010 3:40:44 AM PDT
Charles R. Williams says:
I was under the impression that this was a seminal work. I find it highly unlikely that Benjamin would produce anything of such low value that it would receive one star. I am also not sure that this review is a fair assessment given that S. Colt rates a book on what he or she feels would be a better choice for a hypothetical student rather than the content or writing of the book itself. I am a little ashamed that I have not read Benjamin, but given the recommendations I have received from respected scholars, I simply doubt the accuracy of this one star rating.
Posted on Oct 27, 2010 5:47:31 AM PDT
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Thomas P. Burwell says:
Some people may want the smaller, easier-to-carry version rather than a 288 page volume.
Also, one reviewer pointed out that in the Illuminations version, "the essay 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction' included in this collection is not Benjamin's final version... The difference between the two texts is slight, consisting mainly of some additional sentences here and there and some changed words."
Also go here for a an actual review of Benjamin's ideas - http://www.amazon.com/review/R1EM0HMBPQOJDR
Posted on Jan 2, 2011 1:17:36 PM PST
Robert Moore says:
I tend to agree with the reviewer. I don't see the point of a non-scholarly edition of this essay. Almost every essay in ILLUMINATIONS is a masterpiece. I can't agree with Thomas P. Burwell characterizing ILLUMINATIONS as a "volume." It is, if anything, a slightly smaller than normal book. Most would say it was an average sized book. It would be absurd to imagine that it is in any way a burdensome book to carry about.
There are three better ways to get this book. One is ILLUMINATIONS. A second is in the SELECTED WRITINGS. A third is in a volume that Harvard UP did that consisted of this essay along with a large number of essays on the media.
This fourth way to get the essay is the most expensive and the least helpful. If you are writing an academic paper on the essay this is the one of the four that you couldn't cite. You can have a debate about the version in ILLUMINATIONS and the one used in the two Harvard volumes, but not about this silly little version.
The one-star rating is completely justified. There was simply no excuse to publish this little book except as a means of getting people to part with their money.
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