Where are we now?

March 20, 2011

“There was tendency to replace the activities of the hand by machine.” Oliver Wendall Holmes

As technology evolves, humans devolve.  Muybridge opened a doorway between the old world and ours and to follow him is to follow the choices that got us her.  Technical reproduction can put the copy of the original into situations which would be out of reach for the original itself.  Above all, it enables the original to meet the beholder halfway, be it in the form of  a photograph or a phonograph record.  The cathedral leaves its locale to be received in the studio of a love of art; the choral production, performed in an auditorium or in the open air, resounds in the drawing room..” -Walter Benjamin Much like Benjamin, William James uses the unseen as a way of dealing with technological advances.  His religious belief is a constructive reality

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2 Responses to “Where are we now?”

  1.   Dominique Zino said:

    I wish you’d say more about the brief but intriguing analysis you offer in the last two sentences, Maggie (“Much like Benjamin, William James uses the unseen as a way of dealing with technological advances. His religious belief is a constructive reality”…)

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