Future Shock

Future Shock

Alvin Toffler / Jun 18, 2019

Future Shock Examines the effects of rapid industrial and technological changes upon the individual the family and society

  • Title: Future Shock
  • Author: Alvin Toffler
  • ISBN: 9780553101508
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Examines the effects of rapid industrial and technological changes upon the individual, the family, and society.

    Future Shock Alvin Toffler Books Alvin Toffler was an American writer and futurist whose list of bestselling books includes Future Shock, The Third Wave, and Powershift.He was a cofounder of Toffler Associates, a consulting firm for companies and governments worldwide on advances in economics, technology, and Future Shock The Story of AD All Documentary charting the ups and downs of countercultural powerhouse comic AD, home to iconic characters such as Judge Dredd and Halo Jones BBC Future Body shock The electricity inside your body Nov , Perplexing and as yet unexplained electrical effects found in mammals could offer clues to diseases that kill millions of people every year. BBC Future The surprising benefits of May , Eighty years ago at the University of Rome La Sapienza, doctors sent volts of electricity through the head of a year old man A week earlier, he Today s Events Smithsonian Institution Smithsonian Theaters Featuring IMAX, state of the art mm film presentations, and the Einstein Planetarium. List of Justice League episodes Justice League and Justice League Unlimited are American animated series about a team of superheroes which ran from to on Cartoon Network.It is based on the Justice League and associated comic book characters published by DC Comics. After the second season, the show is renamed Justice League Unlimited, has a vastly expanded cast of characters, and largely changes Battlefront The journey to bring Combat Mission Shock Force up to current Game Engine is nearly is at an end We are pleased to announce preorders for CMSF Base Game and Bundles are now available. Black Mirror Black Mirror is a British science fiction anthology television series created by Charlie Brooker, with Brooker and Annabel Jones serving as the programme showrunners.It examines modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies.Episodes are standalone, usually set in an alternative present or the near future, often with a dark and satirical tone Obamacare sticker shock Horizon customers to pay Horizon officials and Democrats in Congress have complained that the turmoil in Washington over the health care law s future would drive up premiums. The New Press The New Press is a nonprofit public interest book publisher Your gift will support The New Press in continuing to leverage books for social change.

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      • Alvin Toffler

        is an American writer and futurist, known for his works discussing the digital revolution, communications revolution, corporate revolution and technological singularity A former associate editor of Fortune magazine, his early work focused on technology and its impact through effects like information overload.Accenture, the management consultancy, has dubbed him the third most influential voice among business leaders, after Bill Gates and Peter Drucker He has also been described in the Financial Times as the world s most famous futurologist People s Daily classes him among the 50 foreigners that shaped modern China.


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    1. 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 prescient? 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 out [...]


    2. 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. A classic. 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 [...]


    3. I read this years ago & liked it. It's worth reading again, almost 40 years after it was originally published. It's even more true. 'Future Shock' is based on the term 'Culture Shock' & Toffler's book deals with how the future is coming at us so fast that we're all in a state of shock from dealing with the changes. His writing is excellent, often illustrating large complex ideas with understandable examples, but he doesn't over-simplify nor repeat himself.He's written several other books [...]


    4. странное впечатление от книги: с одной стороны, ничего принципиально нового (половина описанного уже сбылась, про другую половину постоянно везде говорят), с другой стороны, идеи кажутся настолько фунтаментальными и важными, что не возникает сомнений, что читать надоменя, [...]


    5. The book is divided into 6 parts. Part 1 introduces the basic program (death of permanence), Parts 2-4 explain the 3 factors that induce future shock: transience, novelty and diversity and Parts 5-6 bring in future shock and possibly coping strategies. 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 [...]


    6. I cannot believe how much Future Shock is a part of my background. While reading it I remembered direct quotes spoken by my mother and teachers; it was hugely popular in the 70’s. Toffler’s overall thesis is that although technology has helped humankind in gaining more choices and freedom, the acceleration of change is more than the human mind can tolerate. One of the more interesting elements of the theory is the direct correlation between dramatic change (moving, changing jobs, death of a [...]


    7. Read decades ago. Wasn't impressed by Toffler high opinion of himself nor the uniqueness of his "vision" for the future. That said, his theme seemed to be right. In fact, as a certifiable Old Foogie, I am now experiencing the kind of "shock" he spoke of then: not just with the rapid rate of technological change but the revolution in morals and mores which is now happening.Of course, the other aspect of this is how shockingly stupid we are about history. Not just ancient history but recent Americ [...]


    8. Fascinating book! I won't pretend that I'm smart enough to wrap my head around even half the concepts that Toffler brings up, but those that I did understand were pretty mind-blowing. It starts out and ends up a bit dry, but the ideas put forth in this are amazing, and 30 years out it's interesting to see which of his "predictions" have come true, which haven't, and which should have. As someone who's dealt with anxiety and panic attacks most of his life, I also found the discussion of the physi [...]


    9. Alvin Toffler has put a huge amount of work in this book. It is basically about change, and he analyzes it in almost every aspect. The book was written 40 years ago, discussing how change and technological developments are shaping the future and influencing our lives. Toffler received a lot of praise for his highly accurate predictions of the future. Indeed he does deserve the praise, however he deserves even more praise for his analysis of the subject. He revolves his discussion of change aroun [...]


    10. The synopsis of this book is quite enticing to the curious reader who hopes to be enlightened by some radical thoughts, perhaps about mankind's future and how he can be better prepared for it. And hence, I picked this book. But then, all I got to read was 400 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 [...]


    11. I've read the first 40 pages, then quit.The ideas in those 40 pages could have been expressed in three paragraphs --if they were worth being expressed.Toffler describes the properties and consequences of the worst illness of our time: the future shock. In our time, live changes so fast that we no longer know how to act; to quote the author:We no longer "feel" life as men did in the past. And this is the ultimate difference, the distinction that separates the truly contemporary man from all other [...]


    12. Full of insightful ideas, many of which are just as relevant now in 2012 as they were when the book was written in the 70’s – some perhaps more so. 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 in a few paragraphs. The chapter on mobility, as well as the final chapter were particularly gruelling for me.Cut away the [...]


    13. This was the beginning of Toffler's trilogy that continued with The Third Wave and PowerShift. In each of them, he looked at the world and said, "This is where we're going, and here's why." He and his wife, Heidi, who co-wrote these, seemed to be able to see about a decade ahead of the rest of us.His analysis and predictions in the first two books--published in the 70's and 80's--seem mundane now. His third title in this group--published in 1990--still has some ideas that haven't manifested yet. [...]


    14. The author is a little long-winded, but this book is unintentionally hilarious at times. It was social commentary written in 1970 about how quickly society and people's lives are changing. He makes some interesting points about how temporary our relationships are becoming and how technology is facing us with an overwhelming amount of options. But my favorite parts are when he starts making predictions about the future. By the year 2000, half the population will live in underwater communities! We [...]


    15. کتابی تمام نشدنی از معدود آثاری که تونست رو جهان بینی من تاثیر مثبت بگذاره تلفیقی از روانشناسی، جامعه شناسی، تاریخ، فلسفه و.بیش از 350 رفرنس متن داستانی و علمی :)


    16. Alvin Toffler is by far the most prescient author i have read; his bold predictions in this book, written 4 decades ago, are largely manifesting themselves today


    17. I read this book many decades after its first printing, so many of Toffler's predictions had fallen flat. But I was still inspired by the overall theme, and captivated by the idea of futurism more generally. For that reason, I'll always have a special appreciation for this book.


    18. 2 stars in the middle (3 for humor) and 4 at the end for inspiring critical thought (and championing the importance of speculative fiction).Excerpts from my blogpost on the book: "I spent two years off and on trying to read this book. It was published in 1970. Sure, it's a bit dated, but it has some fun aspects. 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. More pers [...]



    19. This book proposes a warning of impending social decay caused by a condition the author calls "Future Shock". In the first 2/3rds of the book, he spends a great deal of time explaining the elements contributing to Future Shock, namely "transience" and the "accelerative thrust". Toffler's explanations are very detailed; he starts with how these ideas apply to ourselves, psychologically, to the economy, to society at large, etc. Indeed, it seems very hard to contest his view of the world, though i [...]


    20. One of the best books I’ve read recently. I remember reading this as a 18/19 year old but this made a lot more sense to me now. Its about the future and the change of pace we are experiencing. Like a faster delivery from a fast bowler if were not carefully were gonna get caught out. 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. If you’re read Musil’s “man without qual [...]


    21. Accurate picture of cultural forces clashing in the 21st century where the information age brings about changes that those who are for accelerating into the technological era embrace while those who yearn for old days where things were seen as rosy, they reject the movement of this new era.But colorful lenses deceive as the old farm days were filled with sickness without good medical care, harsh environmental forces coming into play and people being left to the mercy of storm, rain and drought. [...]


    22. It took me three years to get around to finishing this book. It's a pretty painful read. Toffler has a bad habit of creating at least one neologism in each chapter. In my opinion, resorting to neologisms is just a failure to analyze your own arguments. Neologisms are a cheap way out.Also, Toffler fills each chapter with paragraph after paragraph of case study and academic quotation. Then at the end of the chapter he sums it up with some kind of statement to the effect of "obviously this must be [...]


    23. U must read this b4 having or telling or discussing any Opinion about anything around your world!it gives u a glass to see!best sociology book ever! if u r by any chance a part of the world between 1960-2060 u Have 2 read these aalvin tofler series! 1970future shock smthing is gonna change,it will change in the fastest way it could! here he discuss the effect that the rate may cause,& leave the tehem of the "change" 4 his next book to discuss! 1980ird wave he define us the chaneg we r facing [...]


    24. 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. It's amazing how a lot of the concerns and ideas are still relevant today. This is a quick read, however, I have too much read, so have been taking my time. Heavily influenced by Buckminster Fuller, and Toffler does seem to repeat himself often with out saying much in certain subparts of his ch [...]


    25. A really interesting book written in the 1960s and published in 1970. I can't help but feel that the moon landing of 1969 somehow inspired this book.I really enjoyed this work, even if it was a bit depressing. In a nutshell what this book says is that we can expect from the future a more modular, segmented life, this includes personal lives as well. I've only taken off one star because I feel some of the adaptation strategies towards the future may be kind of lacking, but for a tough book judge [...]


    26. This is one of those books that is a must read. I'm sure you have read this before in reviews, but this is an exceptional book. Though it lacks suspense, romance, and those other aspects we are so fond of it fiction work this book takes up the slack with its insightful facts of cultural change. This book, as well as the title, which became a household phrase, is more profound now than in the late sixties. I must read for every human being especially those that pride themselves on there social pr [...]


    27. Have you ever looked around at your environment and had the sensation of being in a Blade Runner movie? If so, you have experienced future shock. I have to give Toffler credit: he has continued to make predictions about the trends that this society may face in the future. Even when he is not right, it is still interesting reading. As we continue to make the transition from the printed page into the digital age, there is something to be said for speculation about both our present and future direc [...]


    28. I find myself incapable of rating this book. one because I've not read the entire novel its ":o" trust me u'ill have that expression on your face throughout while reading this book. after reading the review of 1984 i feel its quite on the same lines so the ones who like this kinda work can go for it. not everybody can read such a book till THE END!!!!


    29. One good thing I took from 11th grade Philosophy was picking this out of the bookshelf. My father recognized having read it decades ago, sniffed out the proceeding 2 books for me to read. I'm not usually prone to pay attention to Futurists but Toffler has a solid of grasp on reality. Never fell off into praising the second coming in the form of a technilogical singularity


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