Mechanical ReproductionThere's an article called "Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" by someone named Walter Benjamin. It's long. Here's the gist of it:
When you make a copy of an artistic work, it loses some of its zing, its wow factor, its "aura" (was the word Benjamin used) because what you're looking at was physically created by a machine and never touched by the artist's loving hands.
Benjamin wrote this article around the time photography was invented. To the people of that era, seeing copies was a bit of a shock. Until then, everything was a guaranteed original - there were no two ways about it. And as convenient as our modern lives have become due to technology, I think we've lost something in there as well. We've become lazy, disconnected, and... lonely.
Tonight I went to the park by my old elementary school where people were setting off fireworks for Victoria Day. As I crossed the field towards the promise of glittery pyrotechnics, I overheard a group of kids talking. They were all talking