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Quotation by Walter Benjamin
The greater the decrease in the social significance of an art form, the sharper the distinction between criticism and enjoyment by the public. The conventional is uncritically enjoyed, and the truly new is criticized with aversion.
Walter Benjamin (1892–1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In Illuminations, ed. Hannah Arendt (1968). The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, sect. 12 (1936).
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