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An brief overview of some of Jerry Mander's ideas in the book: In the Absence of the Sacred

An brief overview of some of Jerry Mander's ideas in the book: In the Absence of the Sacred

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  • 1. Jerry Mander In The Absence of The Sacred Overview by  R. Redekopp
  • 2. Common Misconceptions
    • Progress is good
    • It's inevitable
    • Technology brings freedom
    • There's no turning back
  • 3. Common Misconceptions
    • Technology is neutral!
    • It is not and this belief strengthens those who benefit the most from it.
  • 4. Common Misconceptions
    • Technology is neutral!
    • It is not and this belief strengthens those who benefit the most from it.
      • government, 
      • military, 
      • banks, 
      • corporations
  • 5. Common Misconceptions
    • Technology is neutral!
    • Sometimes convenient for us, but much more useful for them.
  • 6. The Driving Need for More
    • "The Indian problem today, as it always has been, is directly related to the needs of technological societies to find and obtain remotely located resources ..." (p. 6)
    • Sound like Heidegger??
  • 7. The Technology
    • Why is it hard to question technology?
    • Because we have no practice or background in doing it!
  • 8. The Technology
    • Why is it hard to question technology?
    • Technologies are:
      • ubiquitous and therefore hard to perceive
      • are presented in a 'best case' scenario when introduced
      • designed to 'solve' a particular problem (while creating others)
    • We are shown the promise and potential, but not the consequences
  • 9. The Technology
    • Why is it hard to question technology?
    • We are shown the promise and potential, but not the consequences :
    •   The United States Department of Education and the White House formally kicked off a new national center Friday whose aim is to identify, test, and help bring to market promising education technologies . 
    •  
    • http://thejournal.com/articles/2011/09/16/national-center-looks-to-advance-education-technology.aspx
  • 10. The Technology
    • Why is it hard to question technology?
    • By the time we see the consequences, the technology is entrenched and ...
    • "We can't live without it"
  • 11. The Technology
    • Question technology?
    •  
    • Some considerations (adapted from Mander)
    •  
      • Be skeptical of claims since they come from proponents
      • Assume "Guilty until proven innocent"
      • Tech is not neutral - social, political and environmental consequences
  • 12. The Technology
    • Question technology?
    •  
    • Some considerations (adapted from Mander)
    •  
      • Flash in nice, but consequences are slow to appear
      • Personal benefits should be a minor consideration. What are the larger implications
      • Any tech is only part of the larger 'megatechnology'
      • Does the tech serve smaller groups or larger industry interests?
        • Smaller is more 'democratic' (people controlled)
  • 13. The Technology
    • Question technology?
    •  
    • Some considerations (adapted from Mander)
    •  
      • Claims of "more benefit than harm" are 'bribery'
      • Reject the notion of "what can't stop it"
      • Don't' worship the technology - bring a balance!
  • 14. The Technology
    • Question technology? 
    •  
    • More direct questions (p. 4):
      • Who gains and loses?
      • Planet friendly or destructive?
      • Health effects?
      • Psychological effects?
      • Enhance our appreciation of nature?
      • Connections to current technologies?
      • What do they make possible that is different?
      • What is lost?
  • 15. The Technology
    • Example: Computers Issues
    • Pollution and Health (producers and users)
    • Employment changes
    • Quantification and conceptual changes
    • Surveillance
    • Rate of Acceleration
    • Centralization
    • Automatic computer warfare.
  • 16. The Technology
    • Example: TV Issues
    • Pollution and Health (producers and users)
    • Employment changes
    • Freedom of speech for the wealthy
    • The technology of passivity
    • Acceleration of the nervous system
    • Perceptual speed up and confusion
    • Politics of Confused Reality
    • Cloning cultures

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