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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I find such treasurers that way! Nov 13, Carolyn rated it it was amazing.

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This is not, however, a book about ditching technology. It will be utterly low tech, it will be “tribal”, “native.

Their sole agenda was defending Indian rights, on or off the reservation. The Chiapas Indians will have paved the way for the use of computers in a liberation movement. They do not think that computers can provide low-cost communications and information processing needs to primarily agrarian societies. It is the one part that successfully integrates his main themes with jegry case studies.

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In his Four Arguments he wrote:. Strangely in one part he says we are great at predicting the future of inventions and in another part he lampoons the over the top imaginings of the World’s Fair future-worlds. Rather than restructuring our society around new inventions every ten years or so, we would pick and choose the inventions that would be adopted for widespread development and use based on how well they harmonized with our social values.


It takes courage because sometimes these books reveal the ugly side of the world.

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.

Oct 01, Kham added it. Will humans ever be mature enough to have power but not use it, or to carefully control how we use it?


Mander goes out on a limb here considering the modern world is Like Icarus, hurtling mindlessly toward the sun Mander bundles space with everything that’s bad in the technological narrative, and I don’t think this has lf be the case.

Television, as everybody knows, manded a means of escape just like alcohol or drugs. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. These space communications technologies were invented to provide a competitive edge to the institutions that invented them, and to assist their intended exploitation of nature.

Earth is our home, but it won’t be around forever. He also begins each of his highly paid lectures by ln a absenve computer. In one sense that is cool, but he never really addressed any point that might detract from his thesis. Feb 19, Michaela rated it it was amazing. Not one of Vine Deloria Jr. David Kubiak, [8] Mander describes how he got into advertising and how he turned it to the service of social causes:.


Ignoring little issues like that though I did like this one.

amnder The author formerly developed adverstising campaigns for national environmental organizations and works in the field of advertising. In the s, they discovered oil on Dene land and pretty soon all the usual culprits descended upon them: If you wish to understand “the problem” and “the anger” and “the confusion” that so many people in our country feel but cannot describe pf tap the cause of, this book starts you on the way to finally understanding that nagging pain that is in the pysche of, I would argue, the vast majority of Americans and Westerners today.

Industrial civilization is a bona fide monster. Well, I wasn’t a rebel when I got into advertising.

‘In the Absence of the Sacred’ by Jerry Mander :: A Book Review by Scott London

Written in t I acquired this book at one of those delightful moments provided by a friend of mine. It is also easy to understand why big business and the corporate state are so eager to get the Indian off the land and open it up for commercial exploitation.

I’m sure I laughed even harder during a scene about consensus in an African tribe in “The Poisonwood Bible”, which I had read inn after this book.