Term[ edit ] Alvin Toffler argued that society is undergoing an enormous structural change, a revolution from an industrial society to a " super-industrial society ". This change overwhelms people. He argues that the accelerated rate of technological and social change leaves people disconnected and suffering from "shattering stress and disorientation"—future shocked. Toffler stated that the majority of social problems are symptoms of future shock. In his discussion of the components of such shock he popularized the term " information overload. In the introduction to an essay entitled "Future Shock" in his book, Conscientious Objections, Neil Postman wrote: "Sometime about the middle of , my colleague Charles Weingartner and I delivered in tandem an address to the National Council of Teachers of English.
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Start your review of Future Shock Write a review Shelves: society , reviews-liked This book is still in print! 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 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. 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.
So goes the future prediction industry. After all, we seem to have enough trouble deciding what happened in the past.
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