The work of art in the image of mechanical reproduction is an academic paper written by Walter Benjamin in 1935 you can follow the link here to the PDF http://design.wishiewashie.com/HT5/WalterBenjaminTheWorkofArt.pdf . At first we were tasked with reading this piece over the week then meeting up the next to talk about it, but few people had taken the time to read it. I managed to read a bit or more peruse so as to get the basic gist of the paper I found it to be entirely verbose (no pun intended) and slightly dated but as I said I didn’t give it that much time. The following week we were given a passage of the paper to work with manually in the form of a collage, we were later informed the reasoning behind this was so that we actually digested the text and passage through manually re-constituting it. The whole process seemed to work as I took in more of the passage than I had when skimming it before on my own whilst battling sleep and the induced keyboard bashing boredom that was this lengthy dated work, upon this I did actually relate to what he was saying about the difference between the painter and cameraman (who apparently “penetrates” quite a lot in day-today film-making) but still found it to be dated. The fact that special effects like CGI and green-screening exist are perhaps a sign of how times have changed in the sense that he was implying that you simply point and shoot , therefore whatever is in shot however you shoot (penetrate) it is put on a pedestal instantly for the masses to judge. This is still true when you think of fields such as documentary film-making so not completely off at the same time. Like most old academia there is always going to be a degree of truth still in it. I am only relating to this passage not the entirety of the paper as I have not read everything I would be dumberering myself with closed mindedness probably put it on the back of the back-burner to read when I’m done digesting everything else I said I would and am subsequently too old and senile to move or care.