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Future Shock Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 1984
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About the Author
Alvin Toffler is adviser to companies and governments worldwide on advances in technology, politics, economics, and society. His other books include The Third Wave, Powershift, War and Anti-War, and Creating a New Civilization, he live in Los Angeles, California.
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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
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.
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.Read more ›
Toffler's main argument is that humanity, as of 1970, is in the midst of an enormous shift from an industrial society to a super-industrial society. This new society will be characterized by such things as an acceleration of images, words, ideas, and technologies that could possibly overwhelm mankind (Sound familiar? Watch the news tonight and see how many graphics float by on the screen). Mankind will suffer a serious disconnect when these new ideas reach their fruition (if not well before then). This disconnect is "future shock," an inability to process the enormous amounts of information and change associated with the super-industrial revolution. Toffler likens future shock to the same sort of disorientation that a person experiences when he moves to a new area, or a new country, and suffers a severing of all he has known. While some people can adjust with seeming ease to this kind of dislocation, most of us suffer various maladies from this "shock." Toffler ends up attributing most of societies ills to this jarring social shock. Crime, drug use, the disintegration of society, the burgeoning of quasi-religious movements: all of these are symptoms of a society that can no longer cope with the vast amounts of information and change that technology is bringing about.Read more ›
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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 morePublished on Jan. 30 2004
title,rule of the characters,setting,plots,summary,moral lesson,contribution to the event,reaction.Published on Oct. 7 2003 by Jenie Rose B. Ralutin
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 morePublished on Aug. 10 2001 by M. A. Plus
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 morePublished on April 19 2001 by Dementyev Dementyev
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 morePublished on May 25 2000 by Barron Laycock
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 morePublished on May 22 2000 by Mark Forkheim
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 morePublished on Sept. 9 1999