“The best study of our times that I know Of all the books that I have read in the last 20 years, it is by far the one that has taught me the most.”—Le. Future Shock has ratings and reviews. Ted said: This book is still in print!To me, that’s pretty amazing. It seems that many readers would ra. When it was published in , Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock painted a picture–at times surprising and other times grim–of what future societies.

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Fortunately, Toffler ends up explaining how to cope with Future Shock in the end. This author, has given some clinical and effective methods that we can tailor to our own personal situation. Alvin and Heidi Toffler distinguished three stages in development of society and production: Then at the end of the chapter he sums it up with some kind of statement to the effect of “obviously this must be the case”.

After all, we seem to have enough trouble deciding what happened in the past. The predictive power of the book hits a correct note depending on the industry when it comes to the changing nature of work, and the enhancement of the value of talent and creativity allowed in the work place. Computers combine things to make new knowledge at such high speed that we cannot absorb it. What “Future Shock” got right is that it made a compelling argument for taking the acceleration of change seriously.

I bought it aboutwhen I was in high school.

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Bantam edition maintained the original color scheme featuring black text on white with yellow, subsequent editions brought a number of color variations, including green ? Having spent several years watching the political process, we came away feeling that 99 per cent of what politicians do is keep systems running that were laid in place by previous generations of politicians.


Our children should be studying Arthur C. One amazing ride from history civilization to future!!!

Or maybe they’re robots or something. And hence, I picked this book. In our haste to milk technology for immediate economic advantage, we have turned our environment into a physical and social tinderbox Heidi predicted we’d wear clothes made of paper that were disposed of after every use.

Their problems, their preoccupations, their feelings are the same as Plato had, as Seneca had. Part 1 introduces the basic program death of permanenceParts explain the 3 factors that induce future shock: Do we have to keep running just to keep pace with what’s happening? Toffler wrote the book “Future Shock. Excerpts from my blogpost fuguro the book: And we put an elevator in.

It looks like at least some of the color variations were issued simultaneously, or in quick succession. We will continue to live in the same manner, so that 40 years into the future, someone will come and say say “This book written 80 years ago zhock still as relevant”!

The main barrier to my enjoyment of the book is that a lot of effort is spent easing the reader into each set of ideas, and in some cases it felt huge chunks of a chapter were devoted to an alvvin which was concisely dealt with in a few paragraphs. Feb 10, John Frederick rated it really liked it Shelves: Here Toffler speaks of a “Future Shock” in which people are not able to adjust to the quickening pace of society due to technological change.

Quotes from Future Shock. In that fututo we used the phrase “future shock” as a way of describing the social paralysis induced by rapid technological change.

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I took a quick look through the book before giving it away to BetterWorldBooks. We coined the phrase ‘future shock’ as an analogy to the concept of culture shock.


He revolves his discussion of change around three pillars: Between andthe birth control pill was introduced, television became universalized, commercial jet travel came into being and a whole raft of other technological events occurred. May 19, Emily rated it really liked it. It’s just details, and for that matter, he himself says that although it’s very easy to get things wrong, it is important to try looking into and anticipating the future. It starts out and ends up a bit dry, but the ideas put forth in this are amazing, and 30 years out it’s interesting to see which of his “predictions” have come true, which haven’t, and which should have.

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At the Toffler’s house, there’s a whole bookcase dedicated to the success of “Future Shock. Read more Read less. Their high power prestige struck mercilessly from the business arena with HMO providers etc, and the playing field gets leveled through “efficiency” Politicians, shoci, psycholigist as well as spiritual masters coming in to say their two cents worth, yet no one is quite in agreement with each other – having learned from experiences that form, shape thoughts and essentially mould their very essence.

The beginning and middle of the book are interesting from an anthropological standpoint – watching what the author got right about society today and what he got horribly wrong.

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