JERRY MANDER IN THE ABSENCE OF THE SACRED PDF

Mander lays bare the bones of the cartesian paradigm mechanistic thinking in a world on the fast track to mindless over consumption and disrespect for the very things that make life possible. U guess I need to add a new shelf This was written in but is still very relevant today. This meant challenging the government, not pleading to it to be jerrj and gentler. 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.

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The trouble with television is not a matter of content, as the current debate suggests, it goes deeper than that. We cannot hope to understand television, Mander concluded, without looking at the totality of its effects.

In the Absence of the Sacred takes this argument a step further by examining our relationship to technology as a whole. Mander takes issue with the widespread notion that technology is neutral and that only people determine whether its effects are good or bad.

Because technologies contain certain inherent qualities, they are not neutral. Another factor contributing to our passivity in the face of technology, Mander contends, is the habit of evaluating it in strictly personal terms. As it is now, our spectrum of choice is limited to mere acceptance. The real decisions about technological introduction are made only by one segment of society: the corporate, based strictly on considerations of profit.

Since the dawn of the technological era, he says, the only consistent opposition has come from land-based native peoples.

Rooted in an alternative view of the planet, Indians, islanders, and peoples of the North have not only warned of the dangers of technology, they have also been its most direct victims. Instead, we say they must change.

They decline to do so. The ultimate outcome of this conflict is not hard to predict given that the technological juggernaut inevitably chews up the societies that warn that this path will not work.

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