Friday, July 8, 2016

Want to read/reread 'Future Shock'? Your best bet might be to purchase a copy.

The future Toffler Saw Is Already Upon Us [print headline] by Farhad Manjoo.  (The New York Times, 7/6/2016)
In Mr. Toffler’s coinage, future shock wasn’t simply a metaphor for our difficulties in dealing with new things. It was a real psychological malady, the “dizzying disorientation brought on by the premature arrival of the future.” And “unless intelligent steps are taken to combat it,” he warned, “millions of human beings will find themselves increasingly disoriented, progressively incompetent to deal rationally with their environments.”

A stroll through selected Wisconsin public library OPACs.

LINKcat has 46 member public libraries

A second bibliographic record

Fitchburg Public Library first opened its doors in 2011.

infosoup has 49 member libraries (including branches)

Winnefox catalog includes holdings of 29 member libraries.

On the other hand, CountyCat has 15 member public libraries and 10 circulating copies of the book.

Future Shock spent 46 weeks on the New York Times nonfiction best sellers list, from October 11, 1970, to September 12, 1971.

The cover of the first paperback edition was printed in 4 different colors.  A Buffalo acquaintance of mine at the time confessed he had purchased all 4, thinking they were a series, each one a different book.  Probably just what the marketing folks at Bantam Books had been hoping for.

Related article:
Alvin Toffler, Author of 'Future Shock', Dies at 87.  (The New York Times, 6/29/2016)

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