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Future Shock

Future Shock

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Future Shock 
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 For other uses, see Future Shock (disambiguation).
Future Shock 
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ISBN 0-394-42586-3(Originalhardcover)
Future Shock 
is a book written by the sociologistandfuturist Alvin Toffler in 1970. It grew out of an article "The Future as a Way of Life" in Horizon magazine, Summer 1965 issue.
The book has sold over 6 million copies and has been widely translated.Future shock is also a term for a certain psychological state of individuals and entire societies,introduced by Toffler in his book of the same name. Toffler's shortest definition of future shock is a personal perception of "
too much change in too short a period of time
".Adocumentary film  based on the book was released in 1972 withOrson Wellesas on-screen narrator.
[edit] Term
Toffler argues that society is undergoing an enormous structural change, a revolution from anindustrial society to a "super-industrial society". This change will overwhelm people, the accelerated rate of technological and social change leaving them disconnected and suffering from"shattering stress and disorientation" – future shocked. Toffler stated that the majority of social problems were symptoms of the
 future shock 
. In his discussion of the components of such shock,he also coined the term
.His analysis of that phenomenon is continued in his later publications, especially
[edit] In popular culture
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Curtis Mayfield's song "Future Shock " on the album "Back to the World" took its name from this  book, and was in turn covered byHerbie Hancock as the title track for his 1983 recording
. That album was considered groundbreaking for fusing jazzandfunk withelectronic music.Darren Hayesname checks the phrase many times in his song "Me Myself And I". At least two more releases have been named for the book, a 1981 albumbyGillananda 1988 single  byStratovarius.Other works taking their title from the book include: the 
episode "Future Stock "; asegment on the
 starringSamantha Bee; Kevin Goldstein's recurring column on the
 website; a 
pre-constructed deck; and the NationalWrestling Alliance's1989 Starrcadeevent. UK Comic 2000 ADran a series of short stories calledFuture Shocksbased on this concept, some of which were written byAlan Moore.The abbreviated derogatory term
wasapplied to citizens in 2000 AD stories (mainly in the Judge Dredduniverse) who had been driven insane by Future Shock.Voiceworks#62 (Summer 2005), edited by Tom Doig, was themed
: 'The future ishere. Are you ready for it? Increasing computing power and nanotechnology will usher in an eraof artificial intelligence, electronic telepathy and virtual immortality within a matter of years...'Works deriving themes and elements from Future Shock include the science fiction novels 
 (1974) byJoe Haldeman, 
(1975) by John Brunner , theRPG 
(2002) bySteve Jackson Games,and theindie RPG 
Shock: Social Science Fiction
(2006) by designer Joshua A.C. Newman.
[edit] Reprints
The book has been reprinted several times. ISBNsinclude:
ISBN 0-394-42586-3(hardcover , Random House, 1970)
ISBN 0-8488-0645-X(hardcover, Amereon Ltd, 1970)
ISBN 0-553-27737-5(mass market paperback, 1984)
ISBN 5-553-85765-1(mass market paperback, 1991)
ISBN 0-8085-0152-6(mass market paperback inlibrary binding, 1999)
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