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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We know how awful it was and another long, boring account of the atrocities isn’t necessarily helpful. Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing.

As the cabal of corporations, the FBI and other defenders of private property lay siege to reservations and ancestral lands, the Indian must develop his own united front. The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nations” represents a very important but misguided tendency in the world-wide movement for indigenous peoples’ rights. The Model-T Ford was on the road. That is something the Indian can only do for himself.

Mander lays bare the absrnce of the cartesian paradigm mechanistic thinking in a world on the fast track to sarced over consumption and disrespect for the very things that make absnce possible. Mar 13, Linda Branham Greenwell rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mander earned a B. It does an excellent job of articulating so many of the feelings many of us have had regarding the decimation of native peoples over what has just been a few centuries.

Certainly not in a society of late-stage capitalism where regulation is out the window and profit-driven corporations run the show.


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Mander takes issue with the widespread notion that technology is neutral and that only people determine whether its effects are good or bad. Through clever manipulation of product images and relentless promotion of best-case scenarios, Mander says, Americans have been sold a bill of goods by corporate, government, and academic boosters of new technologies.

It is at ‘csf. In the end, we can see that technological evolution is leading to something new: Powerful, eye-opening perspectives on the role of technology in modern society and the decimation of native peoples.

Frankly, in the last 23 years the arguments haven’t really gotten much better than this. I’m sure I laughed even harder during a scene about consensus in an African tribe in “The Poisonwood Bible”, which I had read shortly after this book. Avoid becoming an automated consumer, buying whatever is the latest and greatest. But the thing is how do I know he didn’t just ignore any predictions that turned out to be wrong? They say “we acquired the land, we conquered this land, but we, the Sioux nation were never conquered.

One of the reasons for my father’s success during hard times was World War II. And his starting point is to say people are really good at predicting the future, so this system of gatekeeper analysis will work for new inventions. Then I started skimming, and there is a bunch of stuff about native American history, in my mind presented in a very haphazard fashion. It is that television, of all things, will disrupt the Dene’s simple life.

His most recent book, The Capitalism Papersargues against capitalism as a sustainable and viable system on which to base an economy. They will only respond to political action, the more militant the better. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. John Adams and his family socialized with Cayuga chiefs on numerous occasions.


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Technology, I suggest, is only instrumental in a positivist, mechanistic, materialist paradigm that desiccates the human spirit. The Left takes the same view of technology as do corporations, futurists, and the Right. It takes courage because sometimes these books reveal the ugly side of the world. And it is surely creating terrible and possibly catastrophic impacts on the earth.

To ask other readers questions about In the Absence of the Sacredplease sign up. The chapter titled “Lessons in Stone-Age Economics” refutes the claim that people living off the land through hunting and gathering were worse off than people living under capitalism. How do they affect our interaction with and appreciation of nature?

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I mean I can’t explain why I, unlike other advertising men, saw that as a big problem. 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 mader and use based on how well they harmonized with our social values. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. We must do better. No, of course not.

Mander highlights that in many native tribes the leaders are those who are best at facilitating discussion vs. Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System.

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