In the Absence of the Sacred by Jerry Mander
The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nations

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In his critically acclaimed Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, author and 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. With In the Absence of the Sacred, he goes beyond television to critique our technological society as a whole.
In this provocative work, Mander challenges the utopian promise of technological society and tracks its devastating impact on native cultures worldwide. 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 social disorder—and worse lies ahead. Yet models for restoring our relationship with the Earth exist in the cultures of native peoples, whose values and skills have enabled them to survive centuries of invasion and exploitation.
Far from creating paradise on Earth, technology has instead produced an unsustainable contest for resources. Mander surveys the major technologies shaping the “new world order”—computers, telecommunications, space exploration, genetic engineering, robotics, and the corporation itself—and warns that they are merging into a global mega-technology, with dire environmental and political results.

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Jerry Mander is Founder and Distinguished Fellow of the International Forum on Globalization and author of five books, including "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television" and "Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World is Possible". His latest book is "The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System.
Published June 1, 1999 by Peter Smith Pub Inc. 400 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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To critics who accuse him of romanticism, Mander counters: ``What is romantic is to believe that technological evolution will ever live up to its own advertising, or that technology itself can liberate us from the problems it has created.'' Wide-ranging and impassioned--an important reminde...

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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.

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