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The Theory of Aura's Decline in the Age of Digital Reproduction
Theory of Aura's Decline;Better Understanding;Benjamin;Genuine Work;Digital Reproduction;Mechanical Reproduction
|Issue Date:||2017-10-31 15:00:50 (UTC+8)|
Benjamin's ＂theory of aura's decline＂ argues that the aura of traditional artwork would eventually disappear due to massive mechanical reproduction by photography technology. In view of the fact that the photography technology has developed till now for nearly two hundred years and Benjamin's prediction has not yet actually been realized, this article intends to analyze its reasons and propose a possible interpretation to improve this theory in order to make it still up to date. Firstly, to show that the task of making this theory better is reasonable, I will put forward a theoretical meta-structure for it by way of discussing a hermeneutical issue about ＂better understanding.＂ Next, I will explain, based on Benjamin's viewpoint of historical materialism, why a mechanically reproduced artwork can still have cult value and maintain some degrees of aura, so that the theory of aura's decline cannot be really achieved in the age of mechanical reproduction. Finally, by elaborating how digital technology can replace photography technology and make four essential characteristics of aura disappear in a digitally reproduced artwork, it could be justified that the basic arguments of the theory of aura's decline still possesses its explanatory power.
|Relation:||The National Chengchi University Philosophical Journal|
政治大學哲學學報, 38, 121-158
|Appears in Collections:||[政治大學哲學學報 THCI Core] 期刊論文|
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