“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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The idea struck a nerve, and the book became a huge success.

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. Was the interviewer – Johnny Carson. It’s heartening to see how many of the trends he wrote about have come true – it gave me confidence in his writing.

Heidi predicted we’d wear clothes made of paper that were disposed of after every use. The ideas in those 40 pages could have been expressed in three paragraphs –if they were worth being expressed. It’s amazing how a lot of the concerns and ideas are still relevant today.

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.

He revolves his discussion of change around three pillars: It’s a pretty painful read. If this is still relevant, how have we lived in the last 40 years then? The cover of the first paperback edition was printed in 4 different colors.


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Encore: ‘Future Shock’ 40 Years Later

Heavily influenced by Buckminster Fuller, and Toffler does seem to repeat himself often with out saying much in certain subparts of his ch It’s always fun to go back to the future, and futurist, Alvin Toffler, has offered suggestion and insights that are dead on, or still of concern in forty years from when the book was originally published. The author’s abuse shkck the argument from authority doesn’t make the points strong, and some times it is just a plain unqualified authority fallacy.

As someone who’s dealt with anxiety and panic attacks most of his life, I also found the discussion of the physiological effects of “future shock” really intriguing, as was the concept that man has a limited tolerance for change. Clarke, William Tenn, Robert Shocck, Ray Bradbury and Robert Sheckley, not because these writers can tell them about rocket ships and time machines but, more important, because they can lead young minds through an imaginative exploration of the jungle of political, social, psychological, and ethical issues that will confront these children as adults.

In that address we used the phrase “future shock” as a way of describing the social paralysis induced by rapid technological change. A former associate editor of Fortune magazine, his early work focused on technology and its impact through effects like information overload.

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But then, all I got to read was odd pages of rant about how bad it is for mankind to be subject to the cruelty of changing times. And ugh, the plethora of choices we have in our lives. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.


Heard on All Things Considered. This creates large assumptions from not enough sources leading to incorrect assessments. May 04, Brad Acker rated it it was amazing. Please help improve shodk article by adding citations to reliable sources. Future shock comes because people today are experiencing too much change too fast.

This may be dated to some, but it’s an essential read for those worried about their family and its future. It’s even more true. The book had its flaws, he says, but it also challenged tofdler understanding of what used to be called progress.

You can’t count on Jesus coming tomorrow and saving you from yourself.

Future Shock by Alvin Toffler, Random House edition (and subsequent uses) – Fonts In Use

Knowledge, Wealth, and Violence at the Edge of the 21st Century. Yay for tlffler – don’t stop learning – but be more thoughtful in how you apply what you learn. Who wear clothes made out of paper! Their problems, their preoccupations, their feelings are the same as Plato had, as Seneca had. To ask other readers questions about Future Shockplease sign up.

The economy is its own god, and GDP is all that matters. If you’re fascinated by culture and want to understand the strange, fast-paced compression of modern life, this book is essential. The letterforms were directly taken from the Random House jacket, but rearranged. U must read this b4 having or telling or discussing any Opinion about anything around your world!

For that reason, I’ll always have a special appreciation for this book.