In 1970, sociologist and futurist Alvin Toffler, the Ray Kurzweil of his day, wrote a book entitled Future Shock, which proposed a certain distressing psychological state , induced by change so rapid the human mind can't digest it, and introduced the notion of "information overload" for the first time. In 1972, the book, already a bestseller, was adapted into a little-known documentary of the same name, narrated by Orson Welles. Exploring the shift from industrial society to what Toffler calls "super-industrial society," the film tackles notions of consumerism and information overload -- think BBC's The Century of the Self meets Nicholas Carr's The Shallows.Future Shock: Techno-Paranoia Narrated by Orson Welles
- Future Shock on the streets of Manhattan - Boing Boing
- My Internet problem: an abundance of choice - Boing Boing
- Kim Stanley Robinson: the world is an sf novel we collaborate on ...
- Special Experimentation Zones to solve big problems? - Boing Boing
- McLuhan's "Medium Is The Massage" LP - Boing Boing
- Clay Shirky's COGNITIVE SURPLUS: how the net lets us share and do ...
I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.