"Future Shock" by Alvin Toffler

Historians are more in fashion than futurologists nowadays but it is instructive to consider how far what has happened diverges from what futurologists thought would happen. I like to look back on one popular book which daringly probed the future, Alvin Toffler's Future Shock. C P Snow, scientist and novelist, said of it that, 'no one ought to have the nerve to pontificate on our present worries without reading it'. The remark holds one generation on. Toffler coined the term 'future shock' in 1965 in the middle of what remains one of the most controversial decades of this century.


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