One of the most popular German critics of the 20th century. Along with the Horkheimer and Adorno’s writing on the culture industry, Benjamin’s writing on mechanical reproduction are the two most popular conceptual innovations of the Frankfurt School. I would say, anecdotally, that Benjamin is the most popular member of that group, and he was never really a part of it.

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No-one really knows what this is, only that Adorno invested a lot of hope in whatever it was. The form of the unfinished manuscript of The Arcades Project is taken to be a significant clue as to the form of the concept.