Walter Benjamin and the Media : The Spectacle of Modernity
The book will be of particular interest to students and researchers not only in media and communication studies but also in cultural studies, film studies and social theory, who are seeking a readable overview of Benjamin s rich yet complex writings.
- Paperback | 196 pages
- 145 x 210 x 21mm | 332g
- 21 Jul 2014
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 1. Auflage
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LSE Review of Books
For too long Walter Benjamin's lapidary texts have merely sparkled in the distance, unintegrated into everyday analyses of media and communications research. Jaeho Kang's fluent and energetic new reading of Benjamin's writings on radio, storytelling, media industries, and urban culture reinvigorates our connection with this great 20th century thinker of cultural change. Kang's beautifully organised book provides us with a welcome toolkit for grasping today's high-speed reconfiguration of our once familiar media landscapes.
Nick Couldry, London School of Economics
We know of Walter Benjamin in several guises: failed academic, brilliant journalist, messianic writer. But do we really know about Benjamin the media theorist, beyond 'Work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction'?
Jaeho Kang takes us across disciplines along the intensely original intellectual journey that led Benjamin to the media. Brilliant and grave, erudite and luminous, Kang's book invites us to share Benjamin's incandescent curiosity.
Daniel Dayan, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris
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