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.
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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 out, 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. 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 in Brazil to move his tribe to another territory.
The European group wanted to take over the land that the tribe was on. 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.
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In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology & the Survival of the Indian Nations
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