In order for us to have significant experiences with art, it depends on what type of person you are and what mindset you are in. You can either give into societal views that mankind is left with the possibility of a loss of art and the meaning or you can believe that it does not have to be that way for you personally. Walter Benjamin’s “The Work of Art of Mechanical Reproduction” really emphasizes this supposed issue. Benjamin says that now “Mechanical reproduction emancipates the work of art from its parasitical dependence on ritual.” Now with heavy artistic production, authentic art ceases to play a role anymore. The remark that struck me the most in this text is the idea of art, instead of being based on ritual, it has started to become based on politics. Even though the idea of experiencing art is more complex than we could ever imagine, Benjamin’s remark comes off as hopeless. I think it means with the ever growing technology and industry, more emphasis is put on producing numerous copies than the actual piece itself. As a result, the actual piece ceases to exist anymore. That is a very extreme idea but that is what it came across at. If the fear of the loss of art and its meaning results in concluding something is crazy as authentic art ceasing to exist, it just makes you laugh that you can come to a conclusion like that. As a result, you know that the “loss of art” does not determine what art means to you.
The aura of an art depends on what type of a masterpiece it is and what one intends to get out of it. After struggling to get his work done on his typewriter by some deadline, James Fallows got himself the new Processor Technology SOL-20. He wanted to find an efficient way to type all of his papers and master the art of typing quicker. In “Living With A Computer”, he says you won’t catch me saying that my machine has made me a better writer, but I don’t think it has made me any worse. Since I now spend less time and energy retyping.” The only significance the computer had on him was that he could use his skill of writing, with the software’s features, and get his work done earlier. I do not think he felt a deep meaning towards the computer’s features. He probably bought the computer with the intention of just typing faster, and that is what he got.
Or you could look into an art just to try something new. In “Through the Door – Digital Reproduction”, Scott McCloud says that his kids do not see the computer as master or slave. To them, it is an environment to explore. They just go on just as a leisure thing and whatever happens is what happens. In another words, it is what it is. As their relationship with the computer grows, then they can have an understanding on its influence.