In the Absence of the Sacred
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. In this book he goes beyond television to critique our technological society as a whole, tracking 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. 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.