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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It is the one part that successfully integrates his main themes with specific case studies. It devolves into journalistic reporting of Mander’s personal adventures with native peoples and plods on with a slow, dry historical recapitulation of how the natives lost their world.

This does not only mean resisting the uranium mining company’s rape of sacred land, such as occurred in New Mexico. Ultimately he realized that these two issues were connected. The chapter titled “Lessons in Stone-Age Economics” refutes the claim that people living off the land through hunting and gathering were worse tge than people living under capitalism.


But this time I could only get 50 pages into mandr. Frankly, in the last 23 years the arguments haven’t really gotten much better than this. His message seems directed toward the corporations: An ideology of savagery.

Want to Read saving…. For example, Mander wholly rejects space as a noble destination for humanity.

Aug 03, Simone rated it really liked it. Politics consists of turning the clock backwards. I’d like to see us transcend our total vulnerability to the earth’s capriciousness. In this provocative work, he challenges absnce utopian promise of technological society and tracks its devastating impact on native cultures worldwide.

After receiving his M. What is Mander’s biggest concern, however?

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Lists with This Book. About the Author Jerry Mander is a nationally known social commentator, critic, and author of the best-selling Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, as well as co-editor of The Case Against the Global Economy. 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.


We know how awful it mmander and another long, boring account of the atrocities isn’t necessarily helpful. The Western world’s loss of a sense of the sacred in the natural world, he says, has led us toward global environmental disaster and social absencf, and worse lies ahead; yet models for restoring our relationship with the Earth exist in the cultures of native peoples, whose values have enabled them to survive centuries of invasion and exploitation.

Furthermore, do we have a litmus test that jerrj only people who speak the language and subsist off the land are worth defending? San Francisco Film Society. He never discusses Weber’s idea of disenchantment, for example, which one would expect to be featured here. In reality living in balance with all of nature is preferable than the nightmare that we have o. Whether one watches children’s programming on public television or violent, late-night crime dramas, the effects are essentially the same, Mander said: Just as civilization jerryy a hefty helping of criticism, it’s important not to swing too far to the other side of the pendulum and idealize nature as a loving mother.

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

For example, Mander wholly rejects space as a noble destination for humanity. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. This is probably one of my favorite books. But while this would have improved the reading experience, the value of the criticism is the same.

Written in t I acquired this book at one of those delightful moments provided by a friend of mine. Except we should reach a consensus among ourselves like the Hopi do. But in the section about the Hopi meeting he didn’t say how we apply this to congress.


Learn to know the difference and choose. He lives and works in San Francisco.

And that maybe the way of life that’s winning, through force, isn’t the better way. Most of us have heard this story before.

Or is it something more sinister? Mander uses the aboriginal societies of a number of continents to show that in the slower paced world, people tend to make decisions based on what the impact will be on future generations.

The second part of the book, a description of native peoples’ struggles within the technology-based socio-economic culture that is sacrwd the world, is excellent. Recommended to Lindsay by: Without guilt trips or a lot of savred, author Jerry Mander highlights how so many tribes were wiped out, their best features of msnder 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.

Algunos pasajes del libro son bastante graciosos y me aportaron sus buenas dosis de carcajadas. I wish these two critiques were more seamlessly integrated, and that the transition between the two parts of the book was smoother and better rationalized.

One thing older books have going for them at least is that the writers didn’t have to worry as much about using some stupid gimmick to make played out ideas more novel. This is probably I wish I had read this book twenty years ago when it was written!

When given a choice sacrec living a life of freedom close to the abundance of nature or becoming wage-slaves or farmers, they inevitably chose the former.