I’ve collected some images that were circulating on Mlkshk recently, based on a Tweet by Brett O’Connor.
this tweet is so important it must become an image, removing it from any chance at accessibility, and dooming it to compression rot— Brett O'Connor (@negatendo) August 4, 2015
It keeps going, but to me the mug with the t-shirt of the drawing is a good stopping point. This seems like a good place for a Walter Benjamin quote.
In even the most perfect reproduction, one thing is lacking: the here and now of the work of art—its unique existence—and nothing else—that bears the mark of the history to which the work has been subject. This history includes changes to the physical structure of the work over time, together with any changes in ownership … The here and now of the original underlies the concept of its authenticity … The whole sphere of authenticity eludes technical—and, of course not only technological—reproducibility. But whereas the authentic work retains its full authenticity in the face of a reproduction made by hand, which it generally brands a forgery, this is not the case with technological reproduction.