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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. 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. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published by Bantam Books first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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Start your review of Future Shock. 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.
Oh well. 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. 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 that , economists being the same as always another bingo , technology 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: social.
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 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 become more accepted and common , susceptibility to disease an unexplained increase in cancer , and 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. If you want to read more about this then get The Third Wave and Tofflers most recent book, Revolutionary Wealth: How it will be created and how it will change our lives.
Jul 15, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , 1paper , 2non-fiction , science. 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 complex 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.
Aug 09, Sean Meriwether rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction. I cannot believe how much 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 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 spouse and a negative impact on health.
What he foresaw was a point in time where people could electronically collaborate across countries using computers, which is exactly what we do with the internet.
If I had only read this 20 years ago and invested in AOL! The text is dated, speaking of women more frequently as housewives and secretaries, but the message still resonates 40 years later. Go into this knowing the original publication date and see a man who saw the future along before it happened. Oct 02, Ron rated it liked it Shelves: history , religion-philosophy.
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 Read decades ago. Not just ancient history but recent American history.
Almost daily the media and academics breathlessly announce some great revelation about what happened twenty to fifty years ago. I chuckle. To those of us alive and paying attention then, it's not news. View 2 comments. Dec 18, Eric rated it really liked it.
The book is divided into 6 parts. Part 1 introduces the basic program death of permanence , Parts explain the 3 factors that induce future shock: transience, novelty and diversity and Parts 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 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.
El Shock Del Futuro
Future Shock is a book by the futurist Alvin Toffler ,   in which the author defines the term " future shock " as a certain psychological state of individuals and entire societies. The shortest definition for the term in the book is a personal perception of "too much change in too short a period of time". The book, which became an international bestseller, grew out of an article "The Future as a Way of Life" in Horizon magazine , Summer issue. A documentary film based on the book was released in with Orson Welles as on-screen narrator. Alvin Toffler argued that society is undergoing an enormous structural change, a revolution from an industrial society to a " super-industrial society ".
El "Shock" del futuro