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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It will stay on my shelf forever. Finally, which is the more “romantic” viewpoint: And in times of national crisis, the government and military find TV a perfect instrument for the centralized control of ,ander and consciousness.

Jerry Mander

When I began teaching, I was amazed how many Indian people didn’t have any knowledge of their background as a people. Some of these people don’t even know where they are from, and so they’re from nowhere Toffler recommended something similar in “Future Shock.

A kind of war developed for access to this powerful new instrument that spoke pictures into the brains of the whole population, but ghe outcome was predetermined.

The information originates with the tribes themselves and provides an accurate source of information in contrast to the misinformation contained in the daily newspaper or television and radio.

Reading this section, you come to realize that these attacks on native populations are not sporadic.

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

Companies go bankrupt; people lose jobs, health and life. Plus the telephone, in concept, is a pretty easily defined device.


Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. Television, as everybody knows, is a means of escape just like alcohol or drugs. The Model-T Ford was on the road. In reality living in balance with all of nature is preferable than the nightmare sacrwd we have created.

They often did not even speak Lakota or jedry tribal language. The second part of the book, a description of native peoples’ struggles mandre the technology-based socio-economic culture that is dominating the world, is excellent. 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 saced peoples are thriving in the world today without usually making the evening news.

Details of recent battles between corporate and native interests in Alaska, Nevada, Hopiland, Hawaii, and elsewhere–in which the author played an active part–make the point that the spiritual and social values of these native peoples continue to be attacked even as their perspective becomes more desperately needed.

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.

Most of us have heard this story before. It takes courage because sometimes these books reveal the ugly side of the world. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Mander speaks for peace, justice, nature, o, 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.

Evidence of this pattern surfaces in several predominant technologies–computers, TV, genetic and mannder engineering–and in each case a negative side exists to blacken industry’s rosy view. Thus far, most people view sacres changes as good. The ultimate outcome of this conflict is not hard to predict given that the technological juggernaut inevitably chews up the societies that warn that this path will not work.


That book impressed me tremendously when I read it thirty years ago. Mander’s fierce intellect cuts through our worship of technology and belief and goes to the bone of what sustains us.

Seems like the author reiterates the same thing over and over.

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And there is no way to understand the outside societies without understanding their relationships to native peoples and to nature itself. Even liberal-minded people, concerned about sacre of justice, who ac-knowledge the atrocities committed on this land, tend to speak of Indian issues as tragedies of the distant past.

Even pointing out that as efficient and earth friendly as thermal heat may be, in Hawaii it is an offense to the Hawaiian people as an affront to Pele, their main goddess. Sep 02, Victoria Adams rated it it was amazing.

In the Absence of the Sacred | Mander | Trumpeter

Algunos pasajes del libro son bastante graciosos y me aportaron sus buenas dosis de carcajadas. He saw a clash of values, where one way of life was being systematically destroyed in favor of another.

Ni think it’s silly and out of date. Learn to know the difference and choose. Can we ever put the genie back in the bottle?