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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One concept from the book that I remember is that of consensus – how everyone in a tribe must agree with a new policy before it’s implemented. Certainly not in a society of late-stage capitalism where regulation absejce out the window and profit-driven corporations run the show.


Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing. Write a product review. In the Absence of the Sacred: East to read, personal, and wide in scope, a good book to start looking at technology and our society with.

U guess I need to add a new shelf This was written in but is still very relevant today. Customers who bought this item also bought.

Failing to see the planet as alive, they have become free of moral and ethical constraints, and have benefited from exploiting resources at the earth’s expense.

When given a choice of mandrr a life of freedom close to the abundance of nature or becoming wage-slaves or farmers, they inevitably chose the former. I acquired this book at one of those delightful moments provided by a friend of mine. But I became involved using those techniques to help, you know, environmental groups and anti-war groups and civil rights groups, using advertising as a technique to help them.

Views Read Edit View history. While activists must defend the right of the Dene or any other peoples to live a traditional life, we have to be aware that the threat to their existence is not because of ill-will. I wish I had read this book twenty years ago when it was written!


In his critically acclaimed Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, social critic Jerry Mander proclaimed that television, by its fundamental nature, is dangerous – to personal health and sanity, to the environment, and to the democratic process.

IN THE ABSENCE OF THE SACRED by Jerry Mander | Kirkus Reviews

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? 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. If you liked it, be sure to read some Derrick Jensen. 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 scared disorder, 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.

Nov 25, Deeann rated it it was amazing.

Mander goes out on a limb here considering the modern world is Like Icarus, hurtling mindlessly toward the sun The word games have just gotten more sophisticated in the im that sophistication has more to do with using ambiguous language so yhe can bullshit your way out of any criticism than with precision in sharing ideas.

Mander makes it clear that technology will not only NOT save the world but is in fact destroying the world. In he founded the first non-profit advertising agency in the United States, Public Interest Communications. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? These space communications technologies were kerry to provide a competitive edge to the institutions that invented them, and to assist their intended exploitation of nature.

We have lost our sacred connection to the land and god help us if we can, at this late stage get it back. Technology, I suggest, is only instrumental in a positivist, mechanistic, materialist abssence that desiccates the human spirit. A very good book that gives food for thought.

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.


Author is very pessimistic and reactionary. He also begins each of his highly paid lectures by smashing a personal computer. Like I said, he may address some of this later but to throw ot out there and not relatively quickly address the most obvious counter arguments seems disingenuous to me.

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He never discusses Weber’s idea of disenchantment, for example, which one would expect to be featured here. Couldn’t get through it! And so we’re always up against a heavy ratio, and the fact the opposite side has more power than we do. Dec 01, Susan rated it it was amazing. The author formerly developed adverstising campaigns for national environmental organizations and works in the field of advertising.

Far from creating Paradise on Earth, technology has instead produced an unsustainable contest for resources. It is the one part that successfully integrates his main themes with specific case studies.

Read 4 Arguments for the Elimination of Television 1st. Hence it is easy to understand why Mander would defend such an existence. Hence, he devotes an entire chapter to the Dene Indians in Canada, who live in the Northwest Territories where the traditional economy revolves around caribou hunting and ice fishing. Archived from the original on Sahlins cites a study which finds that in a representative hunting and gathering society, after adding up all the time spent in all economic activities plant collecting, food preparation, and weapon repairthe average male worked three hours and forty-five minutes a day, while females worked on average just five minutes longer.

Frankly, in the last 23 years the arguments haven’t really gotten much better than this. Today, they are mandre taking place on the reservation, where Indians struggle to retain traditional ways.