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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Jerry Mander

Aug 31, Markdilley rated it it was amazing. This is “dangerous nonsense” and Mander agrees with them. The title of the book is “Absence of the Sacred,” yet ironically Mander never gets around to defining the sacred and describing why it’s valuable.

In this provocative work, he challenges the fhe promise of technological society and tracks its devastating impact on native cultures worldwide. In other projects Wikiquote.

His most recent book, The Capitalism Papersargues against capitalism as a sustainable and viable system on which to base an economy. Indians need not only computers, but faxes, cell telephones and cable TV.

East to read, personal, and wide in scope, a good book to start rhe at technology and our society with. He never comes back to the apparent contradiction.

Furthermore, do we have a litmus test that says only people who speak the language and subsist off the land are worth defending? Even pointing out that as efficient and earth friendly as thermal heat may be, in Hawaii it is an offense to the Hawaiian sadred as an affront to Pele, their main goddess.

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Mander’s fierce intellect cuts through our worship of technology and belief and goes to the bone of what sustains us. Apr 13, Costacoralito rated it it was amazing. Their sole agenda was defending Indian rights, on or off the reservation. And that may be nothing. An ideology of savagery. We have lost our sacred connection to the land and god help us if we can, at this late stage get it manedr. Although the Manders divorced in ov, they remained close friends for the rest of Anica’s life.


Hence it is easy to understand why Mander would defend such an existence. In the Absence of the Sacred: Archived from the original on Security was their primary value: I think we could live in a sustainable, just society, and explore space, too. Mander has been studying these issues for many years and is often good at presenting the other side of the story, which is essential in such a racist country as the United States.

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. 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.

A book to be read over thr from time to time. If you are a seller for lf product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? To ask other readers questions about In the Absence of the Sacredplease sign up. Basically, he argues that American capitalism has forced the Lakota at the Standing Rock reservation in South Dakota to jwrry of itself both as a nationality and as a tribe.

Both of them had escaped pogroms in Eastern Europe. Jerry Irwin Mander born May 1, [1] is an American activist and author, best known for his book, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television. We cannot hope to understand television, Mander concluded, without looking at the totality of its effects. When the Dene’s traditional way of life is being challenged by the outside world, he focuses in on the threat of television.


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.

I grew up in Yonkers, New York. Struggling out of poverty.

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

He worries that televised soap operas will replace traditional story-telling. It’s brutality on a grand scale, mechanized savagery, a side of life you’ll never see on corporate TV.

Want to Read saving…. Life at nerry End of Empire”. It encourages empathy, action and open-mindedness in the face of centuries of violence and hopelessness. In the nineteenth century, such conflicts took place across the Plains states. They had two sons, Kai and Yari. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


I guess I can’t blame him for that though. To critics who accuse him of romanticism, Mander counters: Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. They often did not even speak Lakota or their tribal language.

off The only way that this can be prevented is if Indians develop their own expertise and know for sure what they own and how much it is worth.

Keep in mind Ward Churchill’s criticisms about Mander’s reliance on white sources over native ones. Oh I think his thesis is that most technology is bad but he didn’t really spell it out in the beginning so I may be wrong.