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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He never discusses Weber’s idea of disenchantment, for example, which one would expect to be featured here. BUT, I didn’t read it all so take it for what it is worth. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

The next questions become: Recommended to Lindsay by: They are a coordinated effort on the part of the western market economy to take by force resources, nature, and the lifeblood of the native people, moving them around like cattle, leaving them to fhe after laying waste to their societies, or just slaughtering them en masse. At 25 years old, “In the Absence of the Sacred” is more relevant than ever. Very informative, but hard not to feel hopeless and depressed while reading it.

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Earth is our home, but it won’t be around forever. Life at the End of Empire. The only conclusion you can draw is that Mander thinks the fight is between poor, defenseless, “pure” traditional peoples and the government and corporations.

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. But the assertion that technological society is something higher than what came before, and that it is bound to bring us a better world, has lately fallen open to grave doubts.

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I’ve lived here for almost forty years, so this is my home, but I am from Standing Rock, and so is my daughter Provocatively claiming that society would be better off without computers of any kind, since they benefit the military and a Big Brother mentality far more than they meet individual needs, Mander argues that serious consideration of age-old native attitudes toward life and economics is the only viable cure for the cancer of megatechnology.


Even environmentalists have contributed to the problem by failing to effectively criticize technical evolution despite its obvious, growing, and inherent bias against nature. For example, Mander wholly rejects space as a noble destination for humanity. Mander worked with the noted environmentalistDavid Browermanaging the Sierra Club ‘s advertising campaigns to prevent the construction of dams in the Grand Canyonto establish Redwood National Parkand to stop the U.

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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. Instead of dealing with the consequences after that sacres try to anticipate the consequence before hand and weigh the benefits of a particular development or technology against its true costs.

According to Mander, we are in the midst of “an epic sared struggle” between the forces of Western economic development and the remaining native peoples of the planet, whose presence obstructs their progress. He ignores peoples like the Lakota, who have been maander the forefront of American Indian struggles for the past 25 years. People have been separated from their emergent places, and are not educated in their language.

Mander challenges the notion that trees, grizzly bears, water, etc. They do not think that computers can provide low-cost communications and information processing needs to primarily agrarian societies.

Despite being a little out of date in the details the references to “the Soviets” were charmingly nostalgic for this 80s kidhis central thesis is even more relevant today: 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. I had to expose this system that is used to destroy us, what is why I talked to the U. I don’t think this is fair.

Jerry Mander has lived in Bolinas, California since If making something requires the forced removal of indigenous people, exploiting workers, polluting the environment, torturing lab animals and drawing down resources at an unsustainable rate then shouldn’t we be able to just stop there?

Ever since the colonists msnder to America, Indians have adopted defense strategies that in essence contradict the sort of highly localized, traditional identity that Mander privileges.


The real “primitives” would seem to be the average overworked American who sits at a desk or stands on an assembly line for 50 to 60 hours a week for the sole purpose of making high wages to satisfy an addiction for consumer goods. How we swindled Alaska away from the Native population while telling the world we were being fair and honest with them.

No, of course qbsence. I love the comment from his publisher at the beginning of the book “Indians, smindians…” like who gives a damn anymore about Indians.

In the Absence of the Sacred: And his starting point is to say people are really good at predicting the future, so this system of gatekeeper analysis will work for thf inventions. If an Indian lives in a city or majder a living as a miner on the reservation, Mander ignores him. But this time I could only get 50 pages into it.

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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. Aug 03, Simone rated it really liked it. Seems like the author reiterates the same thing over and over. 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.

Security was their primary value: Nov 25, Deeann rated it it was amazing. This time around it seemed like he had his views and then collected whatever data, anecdote or part of a conversation that backed up his view. Jul 05, Sven rated it really liked it Shelves: Through clever manipulation of product images and relentless promotion of best-case scenarios, Mander says, Americans have been sold a bill of goods by corporate, government, and academic boosters of new technologies.