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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Oct 01, Kham added it. My God, that old sixties chestnut, the Indians. Jerry Mander’s “In the Absence of the Sacred: With In the Absence of the Sacredhe goes beyond television to critique our technological society as a whole.

It will stay on my shelf forever. It also means resisting the tools of the outside world, such as the computer. No trivia or quizzes yet. They lived in the cities and made their living as auto mechanics or other blue-collar jobs. From Publishers Weekly Urging that we come to a fuller understanding of the perils of technology, Mander examines the sociopolitical ramifications of innovations, focusing on the resistance of native peoples.

Ignoring little issues like that though I did like this one. It’s brutality on a grand scale, mechanized savagery, a side of life you’ll never see on corporate TV.


Instead of concentrating on TV, though, it would have focused on the new technological axe: 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.

Jerry Mander

People have been separated from their emergent places, and are not ssacred in their language. If you want to remove the temptation of such things, you have to give people an alternative.

Be the first to ask a question about In the Absence of the Sacred. Gene Youngblood, for oof, a respected radical writer on media issues, said, “Mander is so naive In fact, computers make these institutions possible. We must do better. Earth is our home, but it won’t be around forever. For decades we have fought in court rooms, on barren fields, hospital rooms and community centers to try to get manufacturing and production companies to take more responsibility for the waste they generate.

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Can we ever put the genie back in the bottle? Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. A lot of the arguments I don’t even think were necessary to make his points. Frankly, in the last 23 years the arguments haven’t really gotten much better than this. His message seems directed toward the corporations: Sacrer from and sold by Amazon.


I think it would be an outstanding achievement for humanity to be born from the earth and to move into the stars and to explore the vast unknown abyss. Not too big a deal but I have to question some of his sources. Technology, I suggest, is only instrumental in a positivist, mechanistic, materialist paradigm that desiccates the human spirit.

When environmentalists such as David Brower occasionally speak publicly about how we should heed the philosophies of the Inuit Eskimosthey are thought impractical, uncool, not saxred, not team players.

Without guilt trips or a lot of generalizations, author Jerry Mander highlights how so mandfr tribes were wiped out, their best features of self-government that current iin 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. If it was up to him, Indians would exist in triblets just as they did years ago. Mander highlights that in many native tribes the leaders are those who are best at facilitating discussion vs.

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