lecture at columbia: From Prophesy to Sobriety: On Walter Benjamin’s Early Media Theory

From: Institute for Comparative Literature and Society [<mailto:icls.columbia@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 2:22 PM
Subject: Lecture at Columbia University Thursday, February 14th

The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia

University cordially invites you to a lecture Thursday, February 14th
at 6:00PM. This open event will take place in Low Library, Faculty
Room at Columbia University.
***Samuel Weber, Northwestern University***
* “From Prophesy to Sobriety: On Walter Benjamin’s Early Media Theory *
Walter Benjamin has proved to be one of the most influential thinkers
of the “new” media. He was, however, trained as a philosopher and
literary critic. Far from impeding him in developing his later
theories, his training in the “old” media set the stage for his path-
breaking insights into the “new” media.
In this talk, Professor Weber examines an early text in which he
elaborates a notion of “medium” that provides a transition from “old”
to “new” media, whereby “old” and “new” emerge as more intimately
connected than is often supposed. Understood in this manner,
Benjamin’s move from old to new media could have
significant implications for the ways in which both are studied and
taught today.
thanks to Phil Kay for the info
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