Erman Civilization (Lesson 5: Hitler and the Aestheticization of Politics)

Lesson Essay

When you can accomplish the learning objectives for this lesson, you should begin work on the lesson essay described below. You may use any assigned readings, your notes, and other course-related materials to complete this assignment. Be sure to reread the essay grading criteria on the Grades and Assessments page.

This essay should be about 750 words long, double-spaced, with one-inch margins. It is worth 100 points and it should address the topic below.

Explain and evaluate Walter Benjamins statement (made in 1936) about the aestheticization of politics under German fascism. What did he refer to and why have critics since then both repeated the statement and called it cryptic at the same time? What, if any, is the relevance of this statement for our own culture today, particular with regard to our use of media technology?