In his bestseller, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, Jerry Mander argued that television is, by its very nature, a harmful technology. Trumpeter (). ISSN: In the Absence of the Sacred. Jerry Mander Elmwood Institute. Jerry Mander is the author of Four Arguments for the. Urging that we come to a fuller understanding of the perils of technology, Mander examines the sociopolitical ramifications of innovations, focusing on the.

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Amazon Restaurants Wacred delivery from local restaurants. One of the best features of the book, other than the thorough research and being way ahead of its time, is that the author does so much traveling to visit tribes and see first-hand how they operate. I only ij to glimpse the problem during the s when I saw how excited our society became about the presumed potentials of television.

Until now we have been impotent in the face of the juggernaut, partly because we are so unpracticed in technological criticism. It doesn’t care about the earth or the indigenous populations of the world. I grew up in Yonkers, New York. Mander speaks for peace, justice, nature, love, health, the long-term survival of humanity, and a critical deliberation of values, all of which have been silenced in the name of profit and technological progress.

The European group wanted to take over the land that the tribe was on. I wish I had read this book twenty years ago when it was written! Not for lack of good content–but I already know the human race is astray and a slave to technology, lacking connection to the natural world.

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Or is it something more sinister? May 21, Abner Rosenweig rated it it was jeery. Just as civilization deserves a hefty helping of criticism, it’s important not to swing too far to sbsence other side of the pendulum and idealize nature as a loving mother. In the end, we can see that technological evolution is leading to something new: One of the reasons for my father’s success during hard times was World War II. Ward Churchill’s review of Mander’s book, titled “Another Dry White Season,” contained in “From a Native Son”contains the astonishing observation that of bibliographic entries in the book, only seventeen are by Indian authors.


Jul 18, Robin Turtle rated it it was amazing. Can we ever put the genie back in the bottle? An ideology of savagery. I think I read this book 20 plus years ago, and I think I liked it then.

Another big problem is that Mander oversimplifies the fight between the Indian and the forces arrayed against him. I think it would be an outstanding achievement for humanity to be born from the earth and to move into the stars and to explore the vast unknown abyss.

Couldn’t get through it! There was a problem filtering reviews right now. One concept from the book kf I remember is that of consensus – how everyone in a tribe must agree with a new policy before it’s implemented.

While most sacrde are familiar with Engels’ respect for Iroquois government, far fewer are aware that people such as Benjamin Franklin held similar views. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The Industrial Revolution is about a century old, and we have had ample time to draw a few conclusions about how it is going.

Aug 03, Simone rated it really liked it. The title of the book is “Absence of the Sacred,” yet ironically Mander never gets around to defining the sacred and describing why it’s valuable. How do they interlock with existing technologies? In his page book, he never once mentions, for example, the American Indian Movement.

Contrary to popular assumptions, most of these Indians are not eager to become Americans, despite the economic, cultural, and legal pressures to do so.

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That our society would tend to view new technologies favorably is understandable. Politics consists of turning the clock backwards. Private enterprise kn not represent an alternative “life-style” to that of traditional society that one can accept or reject as a matter of taste, like sugar in one’s coffee. San Francisco Film Society. Mander goes out on a limb here considering the modern world is Like Icarus, hurtling mindlessly toward the sun None is motivated to report the negative sides of new technologies, so the public gets its first insights and expectations from sources that are clearly biased.


We have lost our sacred connection to the land and god help us if we can, at this late stage get it back. Toffler recommended something similar jegry “Future Shock. Nov 17, Braden Canfield rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the chapter “Seven Negative Points About Computers,” Mander takes exception to the Canadian government’s attempt to provide computer training to Indians for the purpose of resource management.

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

Now we have the frenzy over computers, which, in theory, can empower individuals and small groups and produce a new information democracy. The Indian issue is not part of the distant past. What Mander does try to do is introduce a bit of thought into the choices we each make whether we, as an individual, are a consumer or a producer of the marvels of our age.

He saw a clash of values, where one way of life was being systematically destroyed in favor of another.

Most of us have heard this story before. The side that you don’t want to see and that, once seen, can’t be unseen.

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But money is also lost. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Mander abbsence been studying these issues for many years and ansence often good at presenting the other side of the story, which is essential in such a racist country as the United States.

If an Indian lives in a city or makes a living as a miner on the reservation, Mander ignores him. Today it continues because we want coal, oil, uranium, fish, and more land. Books by Jerry Mander.