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.
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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 ".
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.
This analysis of the phenomenon of information overload is continued in later publications, especially The Third Wave and Powershift.
In that address we used the phrase "future shock" as a way of describing the social paralysis induced by rapid technological change. To my knowledge, Weingartner and I were the first people ever to use it in a public forum. Of course, neither Weingartner nor I had the brains to write a book called Future Shock , and all due credit goes to Alvin Toffler for having recognized a good phrase when one came along" p. Alvin Toffler distinguished three stages in development of society and production: agrarian, industrial and post-industrial.
This ideology affects all the spheres which make up a civilization phase: technology, social patterns, information patterns, and power patterns. The first stage began in the period of the Neolithic Era with the advent of agriculture , thereby passing from barbarity to a civilization.
A large number of people acted as prosumers eating their grown food, hunting animals, building their own houses, making clothes, People traded by exchanging their own goods for commodities of others. The second stage began in England with the Industrial Revolution with the invention of the machine tool and the steam engine. People worked in factories to make money they could spend on goods they needed it means they produced for exchange, not for use. Countries also created new social systems.
The third stage began in the second half of the 20th century in the West when people invented automatic production, robotics and the computer. The services sector attained great value. Toffler proposed one criterion for distinguishing between industrial society and post-industrial society : the share of the population occupied in agriculture versus the share of city labor occupied in the services sector. Thus, the share of the people occupied with brainwork greatly exceeds the share of the people occupied with physical work in post-industrial society.
The third wave led to the Information Era now. Homes are the dominant institutions. Most people carry on their own production and consumption in their homes or electronic cottages, they produce more of their own products and services and markets become less important for them. People consider each other to be equally free as vendors of prosumer-generated commodities. Alvin Toffler's main thought centers around the idea that modern man feels shock from rapid changes.
For example, Toffler's daughter went to shop in New York City and she couldn't find a shop in its previous location. Thus New York has become a city without a history.
The urban population doubles every 11 years. The overall production of goods and services doubles each 50 years in developed countries. Society experiences an increasing number of changes with an increasing rapidity, while people are losing the familiarity that old institutions religion , family , national identity , profession once provided.
The so-called " brain drain " — the emigration of European scientists to the United States — is both an indicator of the changes in society and also one of their causes. The album by the rock band Gillan was named Future Shock after this book. Curtis Mayfield 's song " Future Shock " on the album Back to the World took its name from this book, and was in turn covered by Herbie Hancock as the title track for his album Future Shock.
That album was considered groundbreaking for fusing jazz and funk with electronic music. Stanley Clarke performed a song with the same title on his album Time Exposure.
In the movie The Parallax View the character Joe relates a story to Lee about a wife having an affair with her psychiatrist and then a bulldozer knocking down his house by calling it future shock.
The abbreviated derogatory term Futsies was applied to citizens in AD stories mainly in the Judge Dredd universe who had been driven insane by Future Shock. Experimental music group Death Grips use the lyric "Culture shock, future shock, fuck yourself, choke yourself" in their song " Culture Shock ".
The line "You knocked a future shock crowbar upside my head" occurs in the track "The Outsiders" on the alternative rock band R. The same year, the Unsound Music Festival in Krakow, Poland took the concept of 'future shock' as its theme. William Brittelle , the Brooklyn-based composer of pop-influenced electro-acoustic art music, has an album called Future Shock.
The sense of future shock is an integral aspect of cyberpunk. The members were Phil Dockerty and Alex Tepper. A copy of the book can be seen lying on the deceased Wendell Armbruster Sr. Columbo, "Haven't you ever heard of future shock? The world's going to hell with itself. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Book by Alvin Toffler. For other uses, see Future Shock disambiguation. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. New Scientist. The New York Times. Retrieved Between and , the birth control pill was introduced, television became universalized, commercial jet travel came into being and a whole raft of other technological events occurred.
Having spent several years watching the political process, we came away feeling that 99 per cent of what politicians do is keep systems running that were laid in place by previous generations of politicians. Our ideas came together in in an article called 'The future as a way of life', which argued that change was going to accelerate and that the speed of change could induce disorientation in lots of people. We coined the phrase 'future shock' as an analogy to the concept of culture shock.
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Alvin Toffler, Author of ‘Future Shock,’ Dies at 87
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The Muddled Legacy of Alvin Toffler
He was His death was confirmed by his consulting firm, Toffler Associates , based in Reston, Va. Toffler was a self-trained social science scholar and successful freelance magazine writer in the mids when he decided to spend five years studying the underlying causes of a cultural upheaval that he saw overtaking the United States and other developed countries. Toffler to international fame.