Read the following passage and answer the question below it.
Photography is a magic act, a little box that can trap people and animals, strange places and well loved ones, and bring them all back home. It is trick that never ceases to delight the audience, the magician most of all. After seeing it done for the first time in 1839, the English chemist and astronomer Sir John Herschel could bearly believe his eyes. It is a miracle, he said.
Photography is indeed a miracle, an invention that allows us make instant images of anything we see. It has become the peculiar art of our technological age ¬¬–factual, accurate, and largely automatic; an unmatched way of spanning time and space. No medium of expression has ever appealed so immediately to so many people, nor has any medium but spoken language been so universally used. It was first embraced by artists and entrepreneurs as means of making portraits more than a century ago, but it quickly broadened to provide new miracles: view of foreign land, glimpses of great wars and beautiful women and countless snapshots of Sunday at the beach.
The word that shows that writer’s attitude to his subject is ————