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"The authenticity of a thing is the essence of all that is transmissible from its beginning, ranging from its substantive duration to its testimony to the history which it has experienced… Since the historical testimony rests on the authenticity, the former, too, is jeopardized by reproduction when substantive duration ceases to matter… One might generalise by saying: the technique of reproduction detaches the reproduced object from the domain of tradition…These two processes lead to a tremendous shattering of tradition…" p221


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