Week 13, December 8

Benjamin seems very concerned with the concept of “authenticity” in the age of mechanical reproduction, while Baurdillard is concerned with “simulations” supplanting the real.

Given the hyper-reproducibility of media over the internet, including mp3s and digital images, is “authenticity” still relevant to art?

How should we understand which experiences are “real” aesthetic experiences? How should we understand authorship?

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