Jerry mander in_the_absence_of_the_sacred

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

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Jerry mander in_the_absence_of_the_sacred

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

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