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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Powerful, eye-opening perspectives on the role of technology in modern society and the decimation of native peoples. Life at the End of Empire. Reading this section, you come to realize that these jn on native populations are not sporadic. 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 Might be my favorite book, one of those titles that always stay with you.

But from my scanning I never saw how he would tie it back into changing the world we live in now. That is something the Indian can only do for himself. Jun tthe, David Rush rated it did not like it Thee However, for the reader who knows nothing about critiques of technology or indigenous people, this book is a fine place to start. Seems like the author reiterates the same thing over and over. In the s, they discovered oil on Dene land and pretty soon all the usual culprits descended upon them: For somebody to tell Indians not to use computers is not only arrogant, it is abzence.


The first part extends Mander’s essential premise from Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television that all technological hte have social and political implications which should be evaluated along mande each invention’s This book is divided into two parts: And that may be nothing.

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 sadred racist country as the United States. 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 sacrrd.

Like I said, he may address some of this later but to throw things out there and not relatively quickly address the most obvious counter arguments seems disingenuous to me. In his page book, he never once mentions, for example, the American Indian Movement.

And so we’re always up against a heavy ratio, and the fact the opposite side has more power than we do. We have lost our sacred connection to the land and god help us if we can, at this late stage get it back.

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Nov 17, Braden Canfield rated it it was amazing Shelves: Some twenty years ago the legendary environmentalist David Brower urged me to read this book. Although the Manders divorced inthey remained sacfed friends.

Indians need not only computers, but faxes, cell telephones and cable TV. I want to escape when I read!


In an interview with Nancho. What will be the cost in resources, sustainability, survival and the opportunity for enjoyment of the world around us? They lived in the cities and made their living as auto mechanics or other blue-collar jobs.

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It drives me nuts! But while this would have improved the reading experience, the value of the criticism is the same. If there were 5 books to recommend everyone in the USA to read, “In the Absence of the Sacred” would easily be one of them.

This is bad advice. What Mander does try to do is introduce a bit of thought into the choices we each make whether we, as an individual, are a consumer or a producer of the marvels of our age.

I’ve lived here for almost forty years, so this is my home, but I am from Standing Rock, and so is my daughter Contrary to our blind faith in machines to solve human problems, the future is not high tech.

The computer is a symbol of evil in their eyes and Sale went so far as to defend the Unabomber in public. Foundational book, must read for jerrh.

For example, Mander wholly rejects space as a noble destination for humanity. This brings us to the final question of Mander’s prejudice against anything that is not primitive and local.