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Heffernans recent book extolls the virtues of the Internet as a form of art-making. Our reviewer considers it the latest iteration of our urge towards rapture, and asks whether our cocooned online existence advances this search or just numbs us to the pain of its continued failure.

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In Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art, Virginia Heffernan does for the Internet what Susan Sontag did for photography, Arthur Danto did for painting, and Lester Bangs did for rock music. In this important new book, Heffernan aims to build a complete aesthetics—and poetics—of the Internet, and knocks it out of the park. She…

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