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Future Shock [Mass Market Paperback]

Alvin Toffler
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June 1 1984
Examines the effects of rapid industrial and technological changes upon the individual, the family, and society.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Future Shock by Alvin Toffler Jan. 18 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The world has changed in many of the ways predicted by Toffler.
We are now in the throes of the super-industrial society
he spoke of in the early 1970s. For instance, computing power
has grown exponentially. There is a computer on every work
desk in most corporate offices. Children work with computers
at school. A growing number of people work at home. Electronics
has permeated virtually every part of society from home
calculators/computers to electronic panels in automobiles to super-stereo systems and advanced training systems in industry
and academe. Even childrens' games reflect the growing
sophistication of the super-industrialized world economy.
The internet has become the central repository of data.
Very few of these changes were imaginable from the perspective
of the early 1970s. The super industrial society will progress
technologically. Our challenge will require translating
the industrial progress into the creation of incremental
wealth for every segment of the society. Job re-design and
organizational dynamics have displaced workers and forced
re-training on the continued basis predicted by Toffler.
In fact, a central thesis of his book involved the fast rate
of change and its displacement of technical matter taught in primary school, high school and college. The super-industrialized
society will progress very much the way Toffler envisioned.
Our challenge will be to manage the change and utilize it to
improve the quality of our lives in every aspect previously
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When Alvin Toffler first published Future Schock only a few readers caught the obvious absurdities: his assertion that knowledge is growing amazingly faster than ever before. Is he measuring pounds of books? Yards of periodicals on the shelves? Is he suggesting that Third Eye Blind has more knowlege of music than Bach or Beethoven? Has Bill Gates made a larger contribution to knowledge by creating Windows 95 than Galileo or Newton?

But to see people still excited by Tofler reveals the depth of historical ignorance in America. Almost any fifty year period in history from about the ninth century onward has seen change as dramatic or more so than we are witnessing: the invention of the plow, the metal stirrup, the screw attached to a wheel, the steam engine, electricity all caused massive upheavals in society.

The Black Plague, the Hundred Years War, the Inquisition, the Potato Famine must have created greater shocks than the downsizing of fat corporations, the increase in AIDS, the weakness of modern families.

Let's be conscious of the change going on around us, but responding to that change will be easier for people with a sense of history than for people who rely on the cant of for profit prophets like Tofler.

Hilary Smith
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3.0 out of 5 stars Few accurate predictions Jan. 31 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Toffler tells us that we will be given access to vast electronic databases right from our desks. So far, so good. He then goes on to explain how that will free us from the "lock step regimented" education system and allow children to work at their own pace any time and anywhere they feel like. Well, except for a small subset of the population (homeschoolers), schools are just as regimented as ever. Are you advanced, bored with your dumbed down classes - TOO BAD! sit there with everyone else, because your parents are busy working and there is no one else to take care of you!
Toffler also tells us that we will be overwhelmed with information and that we will be so mobile that we will be constantly breaking relationships and starting new ones. This may be true again for a small subset of jetsetters in the population, but most folks spend their little lives in the same geographic confinds as always. Even the CEOs and other senior executives that I know still live within 100 miles of their childhood homes. The most mobile among us are scientists and engineers in highly specialized fields, but they are a small minority.
In sum, I am sorry to say that the Toffler of 1970, if he had a chance to see into the future 30 years, would have been most shocked by how LITTLE has changed. I remember enjoying this book in the 1970s as I envisioned many of the advances Toffler talks about, and to some extent I have lived that dream more than most people, but today this book only serves to demonstrate how little the human race actually takes advantage of the many and great advances in technology.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Valuable scientific purpose March 10 2002
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The book "Future Shock" was written by Alvin Toffler in 1970 to stress the way the increased rate of change will affect people's lives and society in general. We will determine this book's value based on five criteria for scientific books. The criteria includes: scientific terminology is explained or clarified; the work is relevant and appeals to a wide audience; the significance and human value is evident; it is reliable, believable, and accurate; and it is organized logically with connection between ideas.
No scientific background is necessary in comprehending a valuable scientific book, nor does it contain a lot of unexplained terminology. This book does not include a lot of scientific terms, but it does include some phraseology and some big words. An example of phraseology seen in this book is, "The only way to maintain any semblance of equilibrium during the super-industrial revolution will be to . . . design new personal and social change-regulators." This sentence shows how the author uses phraseology (change-regulators) and big words (semblance). These words are not explained so this may confuse the reader and result in a lack of understanding for the author's point.
All important works are relevant and appeal to a wide audience. "Future Shock" meets this standard because it's relevance and appeal are obvious. This book's relevance is that all people are affected by change, whether they know it or not. The wide audience appeal comes from Toffler's prediction of what the future holds for society. These characteristics are vital to the value of this book.
In order for this book to be valuable, the significance and human value must be evident.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Plausible in 1970, but dated now........
I read this book in 1975 while in 7th grade and thought it was awesome. However, the future "Shock" has failed to materialize as predicted. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2004
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Published on Oct. 7 2003 by Jenie Rose B. Ralutin
4.0 out of 5 stars Shock This!!
Alvin Toffler is one crackerjack sociologist. He wrote a series of books concerning the direction of society, the first being this book, Future Shock. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2001 by Jeffrey Leach
2.0 out of 5 stars Another outdated idea from the Sixties.
Toffler coined the phrase "future shock" to describe the discomfiture of Americans who had grown up before the Second World War and were overwhelmed by the economic,... Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2001 by M. A. Plus
4.0 out of 5 stars He does lack historical perspective but...
While Toffler here seems to lack some historical perspective on how science and technology will progress, his basic thesis is still unerringly on target. Read more
Published on April 19 2001 by Dementyev Dementyev
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Reading For Any Concerned Citizen!
It is a pleasant surprise to see that this book has been reissued as a hardcover. In the thrity years since its original publication, the basic truths and awesome prognositications... Read more
Published on May 25 2000 by Barron Laycock
4.0 out of 5 stars Shocked and Amazed
When I first started to read this book I had no idea when it was written. The relevence of the subject matter to today made me feel that the book was just recently composed. Read more
Published on May 22 2000 by Mark Forkheim
5.0 out of 5 stars What a trashy printing of a good book
It's criminal that good books are printed on awful paper (is that reprocessed vomit?) in microscopic, smudgy type... and a poorly selected typeface. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 1999
Future Shock - Alvin Toffler 1971
Normally I can go on and on, but I won't. I'll make this short and sweet. Read more
Published on July 21 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars High tech, High touch in the Internet society
On the Internet, it's no longer true that 'no one knows you're a dog'. Early Internet communication usually took the form of email or online chat; now it's not enough. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 1998 by Charles Connoy (dbgc@earthlink.net)
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