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In the Absence of the Sacred: Mander goes beyond television which he proclaimed as being dangerous to personal health and sanity in Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television to critique our technological society as a whole, challenge its utopian promises, loo track its devastating impact jeery native cultures worldwide.
Hardcover0 pages. Published January 1st by Peter Smith Publisher first published msnder To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about In the Absence of the Sacredplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about In the Absence of the Sacred. Lists with This Book. Oct 25, Shawn Sorensen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Might be my favorite book, one of those titles that always stay with you.
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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. 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.
Without guilt trips or a lot of generalizations, author Jerry Mander highlights how so many tribes were wiped ausenciw, their best features of self-government that current nation-states could consider, and how roughly a billion native peoples are thriving in the world today without usually making the evening news.
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. It takes a lot more time to get laws enacted, but then there’s been a lot of discussion that has involved all, and ausenfia lot of solidarity and energy when a new idea is put in place.
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. Mander highlights that in many native tribes the leaders are those who are best at facilitating discussion vs. In one scene, some European explorers were trying to tell a tribal chief mande Brazil to move his tribe to another territory. The European uerry wanted to take over the land that the tribe ausncia on. The chief replied “if I just told my tribe what to do, I wouldn’t be their leader.
He explains the potential dangers of a lot of our modern technology. One of the best features of the book, other than the thorough research and being way ahead of its time, is that the author does so much traveling to visit tribes and see first-hand how they operate. I greatly appreciated the ride. It encourages empathy, action and open-mindedness in the face of centuries of violence and hopelessness. Apr 26, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: One of those books that pull so many things together and do it in a lucid, understandable fashion That is exactly what the problem is!
One of the best sections of the book is a listing of the underlying and structural reasons that corporations are damaging to society and to the earth. Mar 13, Linda Branham Greenwell rated it it was amazing Shelves: U guess I need to add a new shelf This was written in but is still very relevant today.
It is about the effects of technology on us as a people. He also discusses the plight on the Native American in our world of technology In reality living in balance with all of nature is preferable than the nightmare that we have created.
Oct 01, Lindsay rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Recommended to Lindsay by: Life at the End of Empire”. This book is divided into two parts: The first part extends Mander’s essential premise from Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television that all technological innovations have social and political implications which should be evaluated along with each invention’s This book is divided into two parts: The first part extends Mander’s essential premise from Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television that all technological innovations have social mahder political implications which should be evaluated along with each invention’s purely mechanical uses to other inventions the car, the telephone and the computer being some of his examples and to technology in general.
Probably the most astonishing revelation this part of the book held for me was that the ways in which a new invention will affect society are largely predictable, and that companies seeking to market a new fe will often, if the product is revolutionary enough, commission reports on its likely social impacts! Mander quotes from such a report issued for the telephone, which turns out to be largely accurate. He then makes the argument that, since we already have reliable information or the capacity to gather said information on each innovation’s potential impacts, what we ought to do is make such reports public and conduct public debates actual, fully-accessible public debates, not just showpieces on whether to adopt a given technology.
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 po with our social values. Nov 25, Deeann rated it it was amazing.
This was just a lucky find in a used book store. The author formerly developed adverstising campaigns for national environmental organizations and works in the field of advertising. The book describes the history of technology from an objective point of view, the ausencai of modern technology on indigenous cultures worldwide and how xe has been used as a means to extract land and other resources from indigenous people.
Aug 03, Simone rated it really liked it.
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Raises concerns about the pervasiveness of technology in the lives of Americans and the rest of the maneer looks at traditional Native American ways of life and the effect that technology has had on their lifestyles and cultures; dispels some comfortable myths about what encroaching Western presence has actually accomplished for native peoples already in existence.
Apr 13, Costacoralito rated it it was amazing. An excellent view of what we must do to save the Earth. How we swindled Alaska jerey from the Native population while telling the world we were being fair and honest with them.
Very dishonorable way to behave. May 21, Abner Rosenweig rated it it sgrado amazing. It takes courage to read books like this, books that crash through our common assumptions about the world and allow us to see society from a critical perspective. It takes courage because sometimes these books reveal the ugly side of the world. The side that you don’t want to see and that, once seen, can’t be unseen. At 25 years old, “In the Absence of the Sacred” is more relevant than ever.
Mander speaks for peace, justice, nature, love, health, the long-term survival of humanity, and a critical It takes courage to read books like this, books that crash through our common assumptions about the world and allow us to see society from a critical perspective.
Mander speaks for peace, justice, nature, love, 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.
Ultimately he realized that these two issues were connected. He saw a clash of values, where one way of life was being systematically destroyed in favor of another. And that maybe the way of life that’s winning, through force, isn’t the better way. I wish these two critiques were more seamlessly integrated, and that the transition between the two parts of the book was smoother and better rationalized.
But while this would have improved the reading experience, the value of the criticism is the same. Toffler recommended something similar in “Future Mmander. Can it be done? Can we ever put the genie back in mznder bottle? Will humans ever be mature enough to have power but not use it, or to carefully control how we use it? Certainly not in a aisencia of late-stage capitalism where regulation is out the window and profit-driven corporations run the show.
I don’t think this is fair. Just because they aren’t being used responsibly now, like television, doesn’t mean they couldn’t ever be.
For example, Mander wholly rejects space as a noble destination for humanity. 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.
Mander bundles space with everything that’s bad in the technological narrative, and I don’t think this has to be the case. I think we could live in a sustainable, just society, and explore space, too. Earth is our home, but it won’t be around forever. There are many natural existential risks all around us—super volcanos, asteroids, climate change this happens naturally, toopandemics–I’d like to see humanity grow up and take control of our own destiny.
I’d like to see us kerry our total vulnerability to the earth’s capriciousness. Just as civilization deserves a hefty helping of criticism, it’s important not to swing too far to the other side of the pendulum and idealize nature as a loving mother. Nature doesn’t love us and it will wipe us out if we overstay our welcome. 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.
Most of us have heard this story before. We know how awful it was and another long, boring account of the atrocities isn’t necessarily helpful. Industrial civilization is a bona fide monster. It doesn’t care about the earth or the indigenous populations of the world. It steals and murders and wrecks the land, and it leaves entire nations leveled, violated, poor, and jerrry. Mander gets the reader up to speed on the atrocities of economic globalization. Reading this section, you come to realize that these attacks on native populations are not sporadic.
They are a coordinated effort on the part of the western market economy to take by force resources, nature, and the lifeblood of the native people, moving them around like cattle, leaving them to die after laying waste to their societies, or just slaughtering them en masse. It’s brutality on a grand scale, mechanized savagery, a side of ausenci you’ll never see on corporate TV. The monster of globalization devours everything in its path.