hmm. i'd intended these little exerpts to be the appetite wetter for the whole text--on their own I don't think they have enough to really be thoroughly discussed.
Barthes, Sontag, Flusser and others all have their contribution and are worthy reading in their own right, but for whatever reason I connect with these ideas in a tremendously powerful fashion.

btw, don't think that this is anything other than very hard; it took a few re-reads per page my first time through the book, and every revisitation of the text reveals new meaning. this isn't the Monday morning commuter newspaper.