"I hope to show that the pictorial panorama was in one respect an apparatus for glorifying the bourgeois view of the world; it served both as an instrument for liberating human vision and for limiting and "imprisoning" it anew. As such it represents the first true mass medium."Personally, I'm not sure I agree that depicting panoramic vistas are, in and of themselves, glorifications of the "bourgeois view of the world" | They seem to be to be an attempt to get a glimpse of the breadth of a span of line of sight | This is not to say they aren't ever bourgeois images. just that Mr. Oetterman's perspect seems unduly limiting of the potential of panoramic vistas | Looks like a great book, otherwise |
Stephan Oetterman, The Panorama, 7.