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“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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It is no longer resources that limit decisions, it is the decision that makes the resources. But I was still inspired by the overall alvkn, and captivated by the idea of futurism more generally. People traded by exchanging their own goods for commodities of others. He speaks of an increase in bizzar behavior I remember reading about bizzar behavior in fiction that I thought I’d never see come to light, but to a great degree over time it has become more accepted and commonsusceptibility to disease an unexplained increase in cancerand emotional breakdowns which appear to be at epedemic proportions.

Friendships and social networks take time to build up, even if everyone is instantly connected. Homes are the dominant institutions.

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Nov 30, Margaret Lozano rated it really liked it Shelves: If I still had the book, I might be tempted to see what these shodk views of our “now” could have been that seem so This book proposes a warning of impending social decay caused by a condition the author calls “Future Shock”. Just encountered this book in Blossom Book store.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. She fondly recalls the days of their media stardom. It’s worth reading again, almost 40 years after it was originally published.

Upon this flimsy structure he tries to argue for the destruction and recreation of literally every social institution from families to religion, education, and government. Mass Market Paperbackpages.

We sort of ran out of space, so they’re doubled up. Overall, Toffler has an amazing ability to analyze the societal shifts that futuri and are occurring in regards to materialism, politics, and even down to relationships.


Moreover, the lack of loyalty to one’s organization is simply detrimental to humankind. The book serves as a tool for diagnosing the problem, i.

This author, has given some clinical and effective methods that we can tailor to our own personal situation. The line You knocked a future shock crowbar upside my head occurs in the track “The Outsiders” on the alternative rock band R. I admit that I only think I ever read the book.

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Pages with related products. 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 idea which was concisely dealt with fyturo a few paragraphs.

Alvin Toffler was an American writer and futurist, known for his alivn discussing the digital revolution, communications revolution, corporate revolution and technological singularity.

After all, we seem to have enough trouble deciding what happened in the past. I bought it aboutwhen I was in high school. Someone below left an This book is still in print! I’ll have the Cobb salad. Toffler’s premise that the accelerating rate of social change including ever-greater transcience, novelty, and diversity is outpacing man’s ability to cope comes with a dour imperative: Heidi predicted we’d wear clothes made of paper that were disposed of after every use.

Part of this was dead wrong: Accenture, the management consultancy, has dubbed him the third most influential voice among business leaders, after Bill Gates and Peter Drucker. Here Toffler speaks of a “Future Shock” in which people are not able to adjust to the quickening pace of society due torfler technological change.

All because “change is accelerating”.

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Jul 15, Jim rated it it was amazing Toffper But he does caution a sort of noblesse oblige – be responsible with what we do What to do instead of the broken way things are.

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 todfler.


It is a mind stretcher and a thought provoker. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Their problems, their preoccupations, their feelings are the same as Plato had, as Seneca had. Computers combine things to make new knowledge at such high speed that we cannot absorb it. Learn more about Amazon Prime. He bought it used at a yard sale.

I had planned to give it to a local library when I was finished — returned it instead. Not just ancient history but recent American history. But other aspects of this concept hit the mark–specifically, the idea that we’d be able to use things as needed and return them when we’re done. Regardless, it’s a pretty horrible vision. Their high power prestige struck mercilessly from the business arena with HMO providers etc, and the playing field gets leveled through “efficiency” Politicians, lawyers, 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.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. And ugh, the plethora of choices we have in our lives. The book discusses so many different things but the essence of the book is around how we need to manage the change around is rather than letting it happen willy-nilly. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Alvin and Heidi Toffler’s main thought consists of the fact that modern man feels shock from rapid changes.

I wish I had read it years ago to help me understand the rate and depth of changes that we are now experiencing.