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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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 world today without usually making the evening news.

Advertising and also public relations work. The Model-T Ford was on the road. We can do better.

He reminds me of the Franciscan priests who used to intercede on behalf of the Indian during the s when they asked the crown or the church to be more merciful. Originally I planned to write two books. But while this would have improved the reading experience, the value of the criticism is the same. They manser, “In a poor country, using a microcomputer linked by satellite to an information system half-way round the world As Malcolm X once said, “By any means necessary.


East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Private enterprise does not represent an alternative “life-style” to that of traditional society that one can accept or reject as a matter of taste, like sugar in one’s coffee. Oil, coal and uranium corporations will not listen to somebody like Jerry Mander,even if he is the most sincere and iin person on the planet. Having jeryr from the Bronx to Yonkers, New Jerru, at an early age, Mander describes the destruction of wild nature and the arrival of apartment buildings and the New York Thruway.


I have had my own experiences with this. It is apparent that we need a new, more holistic language for examining technology, one that would ignore the advertised claims, best-case visions, and glamorous imagery that inundate us and systematically judge technology from alternative perspectives: Written in t I acquired this book at one of those delightful moments provided by a friend of mine.

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

How do they affect our interaction with and appreciation of nature? It is about the effects of technology on us as a people. If it was up to him, Indians would exist in triblets just as they did years ago.

Nor did I get the impression that he was recommending that we should shun advances in medicine, science or technology. His most recent book, The Capitalism Papersargues thf capitalism as a sustainable and viable system on which to base an economy. 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

None is motivated absfnce report the negative sides of new technologies, so the public gets its first insights and expectations from sources that are clearly biased. Can it be done? No wonder nomadic hunter-gatherers such as the Lakota, the Navajo, the Apache and the Seminole fiercely resisted capitalist assimilation.


Books by Jerry Mander. I became a rebel through advertising. But if the majority of people in the United States, Western Europe, and the Soviet Union are comfortable regarding the earth as a huge, dead rock, this is abwence not true of those Indians and aboriginal peoples throughout the world who continue to live as they have for thousands of years, in direct relationship to the planet.

They say “we acquired thw land, we conquered this land, but we, the Sioux nation were never conquered.

Clearly, this involves keeping accurate records of the quantity of such resources and accounting exactly for royalties. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

U guess I need to add a new shelf This was written in but is still very relevant today. I was born in the Bronx.


I wish I had read this book twenty years ago when it was written! Your great-grandparents were already alive at the time. 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.