Future Shock is a book by the futurists Alvin and Heidi Toffler, in which the authors define the term “future shock” as a certain psychological state of. Alvin Toffler. De Wikiquote, la colección libre de citas “El cambio es el proceso en que el futuro invade nuestras vidas.” El shock del futuro (), introducción.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Future Shock by Alvin Toffler. Future Shock by Alvin Toffler. Examines the effects of rapid industrial and technological changes upon the individual, the family, and society. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Published by Bantam Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please alvon up.
To ask other readers questions about Future Shockplease sign up. Norris Fanning It is about the agency of change, not predictions. See all 8 questions about Future Shock…. Lists with This Ruturo. This book is still in print! To me, that’s pretty amazing.
It seems that many readers would rather look at someone’s views about our “now” or “near now, plus or minus”, written four decades ago, than opening their eyes and looking for themselves. If I still had the book, I might be tempted to see what these old views of our “now” could have been that seem so But I don’t have it, got rid of it to make shelf space. I admit that I only think I ever read the book. Someone below left an This book is still in print!
Someone below left an outraged comment about that – as if, had I rated the book a 5 instead of a 3, and written an effusive review, it would have made earth-shaking difference.
At any rate, the cover of my edition said something about “run-away best seller”. And it was, iirc. It’s funny how books about the future are always so popular, even though everyone knows, if they think about it, that no one, including authors of said books, has a crystal ball. And without that little appliance it’s pretty hard to see into the future with much accuracy. Mostly we like visions of the future which are quite like our own wishes for both our own, and society’s, future.
But human wishes have a rather poor record of being fulfilled.
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I took a quick look through the book before giving it away to BetterWorldBooks. Toffler talks about such things as people traveling more sure he was right about thateconomists being the same as always another bingotechnology having either unforeseen consequences right again or very specific predicted consequences not so good, those predictions – lots of things like that.
Missing are things about the triumph of Mega-capitalism, the existential threat of global warming, a world whose ecosystems are on the point of collapse, a population which is overwhelming the capacity of the earth to support it – little things like that. But while that book did create a small stir when it was published just a couple years after Toffler’s, it was mostly a lot of scoffing.
So goes the future prediction industry.
Not one to invest in, as far as I’m concerned. After all, we seem to have enough trouble deciding what happened in the past.
View all 13 comments. Jun 28, Jeffrey rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was written 37 years ago, and Toffler’s predictions have to a great degree come true.
If you’ve never read Toffler, he’s a must. 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. There are certain advantages to technology but are humans capable of keeping up emotionally, spiritually?
He speaks of an increase in bizzar behavior I remember reading about bizzar behavior in fiction that This book was written 37 years ago, and Toffler’s predictions have to a great degree come true. 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 shoxk more accepted and commonsusceptibility to disease an unexplained increase in cancerand emotional breakdowns which appear to be at epedemic proportions.
This may be dated to some, but it’s an essential read for those worried about their family and its future. How it will be created and how it will libto our lives. Jul 15, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s worth reading again, almost 40 years after it was originally published. It’s even more true. His writing is excellent, often illustrating large shoock ideas with understandable examples, but he doesn’t over-simplify nor repeat himself.
He’s written several other books, at least two to update this one. It’s amazing how much this book still pertains today. It’s heartening to see how many of the trends he wrote about have come true – it gave me confidence in his writing. Dec 18, Eric rated it really liked it. The book is divided into 6 parts. Part 1 introduces the basic program death of permanenceParts explain the 3 factors that induce future shock: For me, it was initially a very slow read, but for some reason it eventually took off into Part 3, and I found myself sold.
Toffler worries that we are hurtling towards mass feelings of “future shock” akin to culture shock that travellers get when The book is divided into 6 parts. Toffler worries that we are hurtling towards mass feelings of “future shock” akin to culture shock that travellers get when they go to a foreign country. The book serves as a tool for diagnosing the problem, i. He makes some predictions especially in the novelty sectionand almost 40 years later, we see that he gets some of the wrong, at least for the time being.
But libor doesn’t matter. It’s just details, and for that matter, he himself says that although futugo very easy to get things wrong, it is important to try looking into and anticipating the future.
Book is actually quite pro-technology and pro-change. Future shock comes because people today are experiencing too much change too fast. It’s not that change is inherently bad, he says. Too little change and life is boring. But too much change, too much stimulation and we have trouble coping.
ruturo And if you’re worried about change, well there’s a whole lot more of it coming right around the corner. You may very well have to revise your 20 year plans from one year to the next, or more, but it’s ok. Plan fluidly, shhock plan ahead Some of his proposals don’t seem terribly realistic: In any case, Toffler wants to get us thinking about how we can manage change and assure humanity a soft landing into the future.
Jun 19, Futur rated it really liked it. Oct 06, Priya rated it did not like it. The synopsis of this book is quite enticing to the curious reader who hopes to be enlightened by some radical tofflerr, perhaps about mankind’s future and how he eel be better prepared for it. And hence, I picked this book. But then, all I got to read sjock odd pages of rant about how bad it is for mankind to be subject to the cruelty of changing times.
The atrocities inflicted by industrialization, technological revolution, shortening time and spaces, greater mobility of humans enabled by bet The synopsis of this book is quite enticing to the curious reader who hopes to be enlightened by some radical thoughts, perhaps about futueo future and how he can be better prepared for it.
The atrocities inflicted by industrialization, technological revolution, shortening time and spaces, greater mobility of humans enabled by better transport, the demands of modern relationships and the lack of time thereof. Oh wait, this was just the tip of the iceberg. What about the barbarity of changing one’s job every few years, and as a result changing one’s social circle, kid’s schools as well?
Moreover, the lack zhock loyalty to one’s organization is simply detrimental to humankind. What about the absolute irritation of having to ‘use and throw’ most of our products once they outlive their usefulness. And ugh, the plethora of choices we have in our lives. Decisions, decisions, decisions, how do we even make them? How unbearably difficult life is tofffler for human beings to maintain their sanity on this earth, and coping with all these ‘changes’ in their lifestyles.
Have I fuutro enough? Now, read the above repeatedly for over odd pages. A lot of reviewers praise this book saying – this book is as relevant today as it was 40 years ago when it was written. The author said 40 years ago that humans will have immense trouble to cope with all those things that I mentioned above.
If this is still relevant, how have we lived in the last 40 years then? 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 is still as relevant”! To be very honest, I couldn’t really read through this book, After the first few chapters, I just skimmed through the pages looking for anything interesting, but found none.
Aug 09, Sean Meriwether rated it really liked it Shelves: I cannot believe how tofflee Future Shock is a part of my background. One of the more interesting elements of the theory is the direct correlation between dramatic change moving, changing jobs, death of a spou I cannot believe how much Future Shock is a cuturo of my background. One of the more interesting elements of the theory is the direct correlation between dramatic change moving, changing jobs, death of a spouse and a negative impact on health.