Discussion: Unit 2 Readings

In Arcades, Magasins de Nouveautis, Sales Clerks, why does Benjamin choose to write his description of the Arcades in such a convoluted way? I understand that including multiple commentaries on the Arcades suggests a larger effect that the built environment had on the community, but in the end I think he could’ve made his text a little less intimidating and a little more straightforward for the sake of understanding. I think organizing the text would have taken less attention from how the text was written and added more to why it was written.

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