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And even as both celebrate newness they also resist being hopelessly optimistic about mechanical reproducibility or cybernetic crossovers per se. By making many reproductions it substitutes a plurality of copies for a single existence. And that is what one is entitled to ask from a work of art. Benjamin was acutely aware of the political and social agenda of Fascism in Europe of the s. Needless to say, I am referring to a range of sophisticated and pertinent analyses.

Rogerson identifies in his chapter on Karl Polanyi. However, for each contributor to this volume, their chosen writer has something important to offer which is underplayed or absent from much current analysis of the information society. Crucially, we do not suppose that contemporary developments are completely novel. The chapter is divided into two main sections. And the latter often have too much invested in the status quo to be able to understand that the rules have been changing.

Whether these are aided and abetted by the spread of World Wide Web-based communications and the boom-and-bust of the Internet gold-rush or not, the need to ask new questions persists. More than a few in-depth studies, biographies and edited volumes on Benjamin-related themes already exist in any case. We need to be clear why certain developments are presented as inevitable and why others are regarded as non-sensical. By taking the longer view of the development of the information society therefore, we can reject the claims for contemporary transformation, without suggesting that nothing has changed.

University of Chicago Press. That said, although it obscures much, the notion of the information society is not completely without foundation. Furthermore, the celebration of the possibilities of the Internet as part of the new information age is hardly original.

The manner in which human sense perception is organised, the medium in which it is accomplished, is determined not only by nature but by historical circumstances as well. The violation of the masses. Expecting to be sent back to Nazi Germany, he chose to kill himself instead. Beniger makes explicit the links between mechanical control systems and the rise of the information society while stressing the roots of such developments in the nineteenth century and earlier. This shift from engagement to passive accommodation has been accomplished by presenting these developments as epochal rather than merely taking place within contemporary society.

Rather than shying away, Benjamin for his part embraces new art-forms, while Haraway embraces new life-forms as ways of turning the tables. And techniques of digitalised re production mean, in turn, their wide dissemination through the Internet email and the World Wide Web. The public is an examiner, but an absent-minded one. For Benjamin, the general public are not as stupid and undiscerning as they are made out to be by selfappointed style gurus. However, it is to argue that we need to integrate our understanding of these effects with social analyses that have been developed in the past.