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Future Shock – tekijä: Alvin Toffler
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Future Shock (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1970; vuoden 1970 painos)

– tekijä: Alvin Toffler

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"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 Figaro Future Shock is about the present. Future Shock is about what is happening today to people and groups who are overwhelmed by change. Change affects our products, communities, organizations--even our patterns of friendship and love. Future Shock vividly describes the emerging global civilization: tomorrow's family life, the rise of new businesses, subcultures, life-styles, and human relationships--all of them temporary.   Future Shock illuminates the world of tomorrow by exploding countless clichés about today.   Future Shock will intrigue, provoke, frighten, encourage, and, above all, change everyone who reads it.   Praise for Future Shock   "Explosive . . . brilliantly formulated."--The Wall Street Journal   "A spectacular outcrop of a formidable, organized intellectual effort."--Manchester Guardian   "Revealing, exciting, encouraging, brilliant."--The Christian Science Monitor   "Immensely readable."--Newsweek   "Alvin Toffler has sent something of a shock-wave through Western society."--London Daily Express   "To the elite . . . who often get committed to age-old institutions or material goals alone, let Toffler's Future Shock be a lesson and a warning."--The Times of India… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Future Shock
Kirjailijat:Alvin Toffler
Info:London : Pan, 1974, c1970.
Kokoelmat:Calibre Library, Print, Oma kirjasto
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Avainsanoja:Social history, Civilisation, Nonfiction

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If Alvin Toffler had authored this book in 2020, I may have dismissed this as a rant, and there are many people these days who are ranting about things like social media with all its attendant problems.

However, he wrote this book in 1970, and many of the things that he describes have come to pass.

It is scary to note that this book was so prescient. It was a book that created shock waves at the time that it was published. It is a book to read even now, for its timely warning of what can happen to us if we are not on our guard.
50 years on, it is still relevant. ( )
  RajivC | Jun 7, 2021 |
Ignore the year of publication and rest assured — you’re sure to learn something of interest from Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock. Outside of a few dated terms, much of what Toffler speaks to — the social, economic, political, and technological trends of the past, present and future — are addressed through their functional and affective aspects rather than broad speculation over the physical forms and precise implementations to which they are to take. For a book written in 1970, there’s still plenty of relevant information in here to think about.

Toffler begins by giving us a broad overview of the state of contemporary society as it stood just as the USA’s golden age was coming to a close. Much of the initial chapters provide overviews of the sociological and psychosocial viewpoints of an uprooted and hyperactive tech-enabled “technosociety” (one of a few dated terms). Touching on the subjects of alienation, grounding, values and belief systems, a la carte lifestyles, political representation and knowledge, Toffler leaves no stone unturned as he exposes to us to the stark realities of the social dysfunction already well underway at the time of publication. Though it paints a rather bleak image of the future, much of what he speaks to remains entirely relevant today.

Following the bleak evaluation of the foreseeable future insofar as he sees it, Toffler then speaks to the positive benefits and revelations that change is capable of producing. His case for the essential nature of change is well put though, at best, merely levels the scale between the pros and cons of our collective future.

The final bit Toffler falls to a slightly more speculative but entirely theoretical tone in which he discusses some of his own potential solutions to mitigating the worst case social scenarios first presented and to the essential tasks he deemed necessary for our successful, albeit inevitable, march forward in time. ( )
  mitchanderson | Jan 17, 2021 |
Written in 1970, this is an interesting overview and forecast of what was, and what was to come in the fields of information and information sharing, acceleration of the pace of life, materialism and consumption, development of alternative lifestyles. Definitely something to reread at a slower pace. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
One of the first "big thinking" books I read, and read it twice as an early-2o's still-teenager.

Largely true today and written back in the stone age, what, the 1970's?

I would still recommend it to those turning to face the facebook world, alienation and over choice. ( )
  GirlMeetsTractor | Mar 22, 2020 |
Nel 1970, vale a dire 42 anni fa, il sociologo e futurista Alvin Toffler scrisse un libro che ricordo di avere comprato in una libreria napoletana in via Mezzocannone, di fronte all'università dove mi ero appena laureato. Il titolo era "Lo Shock del Futuro". Era in inglese ed io lo comprai non solo per dovere per così dire professionale, (mi ero laureato in quella lingua), ma anche perché avevo il futuro che mi si parava davanti e mi approntavo a viaggiarlo. I tempi erano davvero esplosivi ma eravamo tutti pronti ad aggredire il futuro, sotto la pressione di quella grande utopia che fu il "68" europeo.

Perché il libro di Alvin Toffler era importante? Semplice: introduceva un'idea che poi si sarebbe affermata ed avverata: ci avviavamo verso un periodo di grosse mutazioni nella mente umana a causa dei grandi cambiamenti che la società tecnologica si apprestava a proporci. Introduceva il concetto di "information overload" - "sovraccarico di informazione" per la prima volta, il nostro morbo contemporaneo. Il libro divenne subito un "bestseller".

Tra i tanti trasferimenti e traslochi che ho fatto ho perduto di vista quella copia ma l'ho sostituita con una fresca ristampa. Nel libro Toffler parlava non sono della sovrabbondanza di informazione ma anche della conseguenziale inevitabile corsa a quel fenomeno che avremmo conosciuto poi con nome di "consumerismo". Sono passati soltanto 42 anni eppure sembrano secoli. Basti ricordare che non c'era ancora la TV commerciale, i computer, i cellulari e tutto quanto oggi a distanza di pochi anni ci conforta e ci affligge dal punto di vista tecnologico. Invito chi mi legge a considerare quanto sia profetica la frase che si legge nella foto che ritrae Alvin Toffler in testa a questo post:

"Gli ignoranti del XXI secolo non saranno quelli che non sanno leggere e scrivere, ma quelli che non sanno imparare, disimparare e reimparare".

C'è tutta la storia di questi ultimi 40 e passa anni in quei tre verbi "imparare, disimparare, reimparare". Sì, perché con l'avvento delle nuove tecnologie non si tratta più di imparare semplici nozioni da ripetere scolasticamente, in maniera monotona e meccanica, per pura erudizione. Bisogna saper disimparare, dopo di aver imparato. Vale a dire, correggere, rivedere, ricreare per poi imparare di nuovo, magari smentendo tutto quanto abbiamo creduto prima. Il che significa sapersi orientare in quella grande, enorme, sconfinata massa di nozioni, saperi ed intelligenze dalle quali siamo, giorno dopo giorno, inondati.

Il grande regista e attore Orson Welles ne fece un documentario accessibile adesso anche in cinque parti su YouTube . Dalla società industriale a quella post-super-industriale, navigando nelle nozioni del consumerismo e del sovraccarico di informazioni. Cosa compriamo, dove andiamo, cosa e come dovremmo pensare. La marca, il prezzo, il modello, le novità.

Aggiornatevi, mordi e fuggi, grandi scelte, massima libertà, il risultato è una forte pressione sociale ed individuale. Slogans che ci aggrediscono e ci accompagnano, ci guidano e ci condizionano. Ahimè, chissà fino a quando! Cibi cotti o precotti, plastificati, impacchettati, pronti all'uso, per una società che vive all'istante. Nessuno può sfuggire a questa rete nella quale si nasconde il Futuro che corre a velocità inaudita.

Il film di Orson Welles è altamente distopico, sfiora la paranoia, ma serve a ricordarci che tutte le nuove tecnologie al loro sorgere sono state sempre temute ed osteggiate dagli uomini per poi essere accettate e subite, adattandosi ad esse. Facendo nascere nuovi inaspettati bisogni.

Un libro questo di Alvin Toffler che mi ha riportato al "futuro del passato", almeno il "mio" passato, proiettandomi nel "prossimo futuro" che spero di vivere ancora, per quanto l'Eterno me lo permetterà.

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  AntonioGallo | Nov 2, 2017 |
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"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 Figaro Future Shock is about the present. Future Shock is about what is happening today to people and groups who are overwhelmed by change. Change affects our products, communities, organizations--even our patterns of friendship and love. Future Shock vividly describes the emerging global civilization: tomorrow's family life, the rise of new businesses, subcultures, life-styles, and human relationships--all of them temporary.   Future Shock illuminates the world of tomorrow by exploding countless clichés about today.   Future Shock will intrigue, provoke, frighten, encourage, and, above all, change everyone who reads it.   Praise for Future Shock   "Explosive . . . brilliantly formulated."--The Wall Street Journal   "A spectacular outcrop of a formidable, organized intellectual effort."--Manchester Guardian   "Revealing, exciting, encouraging, brilliant."--The Christian Science Monitor   "Immensely readable."--Newsweek   "Alvin Toffler has sent something of a shock-wave through Western society."--London Daily Express   "To the elite . . . who often get committed to age-old institutions or material goals alone, let Toffler's Future Shock be a lesson and a warning."--The Times of India

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