According to the
Concise Oxford Dictionary, its title could
have been: The Inability to Cope with Rapid
Progress; what book is it?
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The COD defines the term Future
Shock as: "the inability to cope with rapid progress."
Those who created Webster's
9th Collegiate Dictionary would have entitled it: "The Physical and
Psychological Distress Suffered by One who is Unable to Cope with the Rapidity
of Social and Technological change."
The book Future Shock (by
Alvin Toffler) was published in the 1970s prior to the invention of the desktop
computer and the expansion of the Internet, etc. Sample:
"In the three short decades between now and the
twenty-first century, millions of ordinary, psychologically normal people will
face an abrupt collision with the future...ya...da...."
I'm 69 and enjoyed that book tremendously. Possibly
that's why I'm still working and enjoying working on my computer. Also this was
an answer I knew right away.
hibernice at shaw.ca
I am a middle school teacher. I would say a large
number of my coworkers suffer from future shock...Thanks for giving me a good
term for describing why we can't properly teach our students to incorporate new
technology into their daily lives.
beacantor at &8hotmail.com
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