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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In one scene, some European explorers were trying to tell a tribal chief in Brazil to move his tribe to another territory. In his page book, he never once mentions, for example, the American Indian Movement. There was a problem nerry your email address. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. He also begins each of his highly paid lectures by smashing a personal computer. An excellent view of what we must do to save the Earth. In his critically acclaimed Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, social critic Jerry Mander proclaimed that television, by its fundamental nature, is dangerous – to personal health and sanity, to the environment, and to the democratic process.

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. Visit our Help Pages. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A brutal disregard for human life and the living systems of the planet. In one sense that is cool, but he never really addressed any point that might detract from his thesis.

It begins to read a bit like a list toward the end, but is certainly thorough.


Failing to see the planet as sacrrd, they have become free of moral and ethical constraints, and have benefited from exploiting resources at the earth’s expense. 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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The Great Law, which was oral, served as its constitution. Alternatives to Economic Globalization: Sahlins concluded that such peoples did not work hard, nor did sacrsd work continuously.

In the Absence of the Sacred: I’ve been trying to avoid books that are over 10 years old since things are changing so fast but thw one is still better than most of the newer stuff I’ve read.

Before sacerd a counter-argument to Jerry Mander’s, it would be fair to give some credit to him for presenting some valuable information about American Indian history and society. We speak Dakota, and of course English Or is it something more sinister? Paper diapers are probably a marvelous convenience, but where do they all go when they are used?

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In he founded the first non-profit advertising agency in the United States, Public Interest Communications. It devolves into journalistic reporting of Mander’s personal adventures with native peoples and plods on with a slow, ssacred historical recapitulation of how the natives lost their world.

InMander married feminist author Anica Vesel Mander b. Both of them had escaped pogroms in Eastern Europe. Without guilt trips or a lot of generalizations, author Jerry Mander highlights how so many tribes were wiped out, their best features of self-government that current nation-states could consider, and how roughly a billion native peoples are thriving in the Might be my favorite book, one of those titles that always stay with you.

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Toffler recommended something similar in “Future Shock. It doesn’t care about the earth or the indigenous populations of the world. And whom can they count on in their hour of need?

The computer is a symbol of evil in their eyes and Sale went so far as to defend the Unabomber in public. Another big problem is that Mander oversimplifies the fight between the Indian and the forces arrayed against him. They had two sons, Kai and Yari. They say, “In a poor country, using a microcomputer linked by satellite to an information system half-way round the world I guess I can’t blame him for that though. In the chapter “The Gift of Democracy,” he makes the case that the Iroquois confederation had a big influence on the authors of the American constitution.


When these rare moments arrive I like to make sure that my selection is not necessarily something I would purchase browsing the shelves with my own budget. Sahlins cites a study which finds that in a representative hunting and gathering society, after adding up all the time spent in all economic activities plant collecting, food preparation, and weapon repairthe average male worked three hours and forty-five minutes a day, while females worked on average just five minutes longer.

There is no “traditional” way of keeping track of them since traditional society had no particular use for them. Jerry Mander has lived in Bolinas, California since He only pays attention to the “pure” Indian who survives by hunting or fishing the way that he did a hundred or a thousand years ago.

Reading this section, you come to realize that these attacks on native populations are not sporadic. In my next two posts, I will be taking a very close look at the intersection of Marxism and Indians. It is the one part that successfully integrates his main themes with specific case studies.

I only took off half a star because, as Mander mentions sacerd the beginning, the book really is two ideas. Technology, I suggest, is only instrumental in a positivist, mechanistic, materialist paradigm that desiccates the human spirit. He lives and works yhe San Francisco. 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.

For example, Mander wholly rejects sacfed as a noble destination for humanity. The system works well, however, in Iceland. Television, as everybody knows, is a means of escape just like alcohol or drugs. I think we could live in a sustainable, just society, and explore space, too. An ideology of savagery.