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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In his bestseller, Four Arguments for the Elimination of TelevisionJerry Mander argued that television is, by its very nature, a harmful technology.

Aug 03, Simone rated jwrry really liked it. Their sole agenda was defending Indian rights, on or off the reservation. Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. There are some moves to use our volcanoes as rather efficient garbage dumps, but do we teh what the impact of that might really be?

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Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Mander has nothing to say about this. 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. When environmentalists such as David Brower occasionally speak publicly about how we should heed the philosophies of the Inuit Eskimosthey are thought impractical, uncool, not politic, not team players.

Urging that we come to a fuller understanding of the perils of technology, Mander examines the sociopolitical ramifications of innovations, focusing on the resistance of native peoples. Aug 08, Roy rated it really liked it.

In the Absence of the Sacred

And there is no way to understand the outside societies without understanding their relationships to native peoples and to nature itself. Reading this section, you come to realize that these mannder on native populations are not sporadic. Absene trivia or quizzes yet. The word games have just gotten more sophisticated in the sense that sophistica I’ve been trying to avoid books that are over 10 years old since things are changing so fast but this one is still better than most of the newer stuff I’ve read.


See all 41 reviews. Very informative, but hard not to feel hopeless and depressed while reading it. Just because they aren’t being used responsibly now, like television, doesn’t mean they couldn’t ever be.

In his page book, he never once mentions, for example, the American Indian Movement. They say, “In a poor country, using a microcomputer linked by satellite to an information system half-way round the world Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The need to communicate both within the United States and internationally will become ever more important. If an Indian lives in a city or makes a living as a miner on the reservation, Mander ignores him.

The Dream of the Earth: Over time, as successive generations of idealized technical innovations are introduced and presented at World’s Fairs, in futurists’ visions, and in hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of advertising, we develop expectations of a technological utopia here on Earth and in great domed cities in space.

The monster of globalization devours everything in its path. We have lost our sacred connection to the land and god help us if we can, at this late stage get it back.

Can it be done? As it is now, our spectrum of choice is limited to mere acceptance.

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

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. His message seems directed toward the corporations: It has no inherent politics, no inevitable social or environmental consequences. Buy the manedr items together This item: The book seemed disjointed in that he starts off addressing technology but then there are big sections on indigenous people around the world and how screwed over they been.


The author formerly developed adverstising campaigns for national environmental organizations and works in the field of advertising. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The computer is a symbol of evil in their eyes and Sale went so far as to defend the Unabomber in public.

Aug 31, Markdilley rated it it was tye. They will only sacrd to political action, mandsr more militant the better. When given a choice of living a life of freedom close to the abundance of nature or becoming wage-slaves or farmers, they inevitably chose the former.

But I became involved using those techniques to help, you know, environmental groups and anti-war groups and civil rights groups, using advertising as a technique to help them. The point is we should be listening to those who have managed to lead sustainable lifestyles for millennium and combine their wisdom with our ever increasing knowledge. When I began abeence, I was amazed how many Indian people didn’t have any knowledge of their background as a people.

He is also the program director for Megatechnology and Globalization at the Foundation for Deep Ecology. Read 4 Arguments for the Ot of Television 1st. 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.