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In the Absence of the Sacred has ratings and 42 reviews. Without guilt trips or a lot of generalizations, author Jerry Mander highlights how so many tribes. In his bestseller, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, Jerry Mander argued that television is, by its very nature, a harmful technology. Editor’s note: I can’t recommend enough Jerry Mander’s book, In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of. Technology and the Survival of the Indian .

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Inshe married Jerry Mander, who was to become a prominent Bay Area radical. Although the Manders divorced inthey remained close friends for the rest of Anica’s life.

Mander lays bare the bones of the cartesian paradigm mechanistic thinking in a world on the fast track to mindless over consumption and disrespect for the very things that make life possible. U guess I need to add a new shelf This was written in but is still very relevant today.

This meant challenging the government, not pleading to it to be jerrj and gentler. One of the best sections of the book is a listing of the underlying and structural reasons that corporations are damaging to society and to the earth.

In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology & the Survival of the Indian Nations

The absence of the sacred. Paternalistic intercession is mandef useful than self-organization and self-defense of the Indian peoples. If there were 5 books to recommend everyone in the USA to read, “In the Absence of the Sacred” would easily be one of them.

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I wish he’d write a follow-up. But, the wa I think I read this book 20 plus years ago, and I think I liked it then. Refresh and try again. About the Author Jerry Mander thf a nationally known social commentator, critic, and author of the best-selling Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, as well as co-editor of The Case Against the Global Economy. Advertising and also public relations work.

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Just because they aren’t being used responsibly now, like television, doesn’t mean they couldn’t ever be. Because technologies contain certain inherent qualities, they are not neutral. Jerry Mander’s “In the Absence of the Sacred”: Mander quotes from such a report issued for the telephone, which turns out to be largely accurate.

Obviously, this level of complexity would frustrate Mander’s model of analysis so he does just what you would expect. What he does try to say is that more thought should be put into the consequences of our renovations and discoveries before they become common issue and possible problems. According to Mander, we are in the midst of “an epic worldwide struggle” between the forces of Western economic development and the remaining native peoples of the planet, whose presence obstructs their progress.

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It does an excellent job of articulating so many of the feelings many of us have had regarding the decimation of native peoples over what has just been a few centuries.


What is Mander’s biggest concern, however? Evidence of this pattern surfaces in several predominant technologies–computers, Thee, genetic and molecular engineering–and in each case a negative side exists to blacken industry’s rosy view. With this book I’m not totally confident in some of the statistics he uses considering that it’s a little outdated, and he considers solar electricity a democratic technic, which it’s absolutely not, but the general ideas I definitely agree with.

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Television, as everybody knows, is a means of escape jetry like alcohol or drugs. Mander served as the executive director of the International Forum on Globalizationwhich he founded inuntil and continues on its staff as a Distinguished Fellow. Ignoring little issues like that though I did like this one. I grew up in Yonkers, New York. Instead, we say they must change.

A brutal disregard on human life and the living systems of the planet. Another big problem is that Mander oversimplifies the fight between the Indian and the forces arrayed against him. They lived in the cities and made their living as auto mechanics or other blue-collar jobs.