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James Vincent: The Patron Saint of JPEGs, 20 October 2022

Proxies: The Cultural Work of Standing In 
by Dylan Mulvin.
MIT, 274 pp., £40, August 2021, 978 0 262 04514 8
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... as to make erotic images interchangeable with wildlife photography. Objects such as these are what Dylan Mulvin, a historian of media and technology, calls ‘proxies’. The influence of such proxies, he shows, is sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious, but invariably underexamined. There are economic proxies like the 730 items that make up the consumer ...

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