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The Effect of Transience on a Small Town

Like some of my colleagues, I have been able to read only a portion of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock. So far, I have found myself agreeing with a few of his ideas and disagreeing with most. On page 38, Toffler writes that “time passes more swiftly for the old,” then goes into a detailed explanation of why that is the case. Personally, I couldn’t agree with that more. As a young boy, there were plenty of times when two hours felt like twelve hours. Nowadays, depending on what I’m doing, two hours can feel like two minutes. Then, there are other ideas of his, such as the concept of “parental professionals” on page 216, which I feel are way out there. Of what I have read so far, Toffler’s depiction of transience is one that I can relate to and that I am a part of. On page 74, Toffler states that “the professional and technical populations are among the most mobile of all Americans.” After all, I consider myself a professional and I have moved five times in my life. (Granted, a couple of the moves were for the sole purpose of getting out of an apartment and into a house, but they were moves nonetheless, and I think five moves is a lot for a guy who’s only 40.) For this post, however, I want to take his idea of transience in a different direction. Continue reading

Loose connections? A not-so-shocking future…

In Future Shock, Alvin Toffler presents us with his view of how people can easily become overwhelmed by change in the world around them including family, work, education, and technology.  The most compelling part of his argument comes in parts one and two of the book entitled “The Death of Permanence” and “Transience”, respectively.  In these sections, Toffler looks at the changing world in respect to the Continue reading

Alvin Toffler Meets Ray Kurzweil

Two late middle aged men are waiting for a train at Beverly Farms station on Boston’s North Shore. One of the men is wearing earbuds and holding an I-pod.  His name is Ray Kurzweil, and he is singing along to a song by R.E.M. “It’s the end of the world as we know it, the end of the world as we know it, the end of the worlds as we know it – – and I feel fine. . . ”

“Not for long . . . ” the other man says.  He is Alvin Toffler, futurist and writer of Future Shock.

“What do you mean?”

“There’s a great shock coming to our culture.  It’s the era of transience.  The shortening of the Man- Thing relationship.  The things in our live once had permanence.  A stone hammer, a good axe.  These things lasted.  Now everything is disposable.” Continue reading