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The powerfully prosthetic sense organs of technology are the new “ego” of a transformed synaesthetic system. Now they provide the porous surface between inner and outer, both perceptual organ and mechanism of defense. Technology as a tool and a weapon extends human power – at the same time intensifying the vulnerability of what Benjamin called “the tiny, fragile human body” – and thereby produces a counter-need, to use the technology as a protective shield against the “colder order” that it creates.

Susan Buck-Morss. Aesthetic and Anaesthetics. Walter Benjamin’s Artwork Essay Reconsidered. October, pp. 3-41, p. 33

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