Glass before its time, premature iron: the unforseeable futures of technology in Benjamin's Arcades Project

Winter 2004

In this article, MacPhee’s position is in opposition to Benjamin’s on the relation of technology to the philosophy of history, in The Arcades Project. MacPhee argues against Benjamin’s view of the meeting point between technology and time, and comments on the significance of technological revolutions to the definition of a contemporary culture. MacPhee emphasises that we must understand modernity in order to explain the decay of experience.

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