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Overview

The rampant illnesses of our society—including the disintegration of the family, the degradation of the environment, unlimited commercialism, and unrelenting stress—are familiar to us all. For the first time, Stephen Bertman attempts to explain these disparate, overwhelmingly negative phenomena with a single, unifying principle: that the accelerated pace of American society is eroding the essence of our most fundamental values. In 1970, Alvin Toffler identified a psycho-biological disease he called future shock caused by too much change in too short a time. Now Bertman daringly diagnoses an even more serious condition, hyperculture, a chronic warping of morals and ethics caused by America's addiction to speed. The treatment, he argues in this book, will require nothing less than a drastic slowdown—we must reassert control over the technologies that now dominate us in order to insure a humane future for our children and ourselves.

We live, according to Bertman, in a society ruled by the power of now, a power that gives us instant gratification even as it demands our instantaneous obedience. As a result, we have adapted our lives and values to match the speed-of-light electronic technologies that surround us. But, in so doing, we have paid a high price in spirit and mind. Cut off from the wisdom of the past and too rushed to consider the consequences of our actions, we are caught up in a culture of sensationalism and transience in which the very definitions of personal identity and democracy are being transformed. Hyperculture dares to suggest that the cure for our condition lies not in an information superhighway or third wave information revolution, but in the radical and painful process of decelerating our lives enough to reclaim them. It is a daunting challenge, to be sure, but one on which our happiness and even our survival depend.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"There is erudition, an excellent bibliography, and much food for thought in this book, and it does resonate with problems in American society."

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Choice

"The book is easy to read and has a broad sweep. . . . Students and thoughful psychologists interested in communication, stresses related to time pressure, cultural change, and the effects of technology on human behavior and cognition should find useful ideas here."

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Perceptual and Motor Skills

"Impressive in its command of details and description, this book accurately describes the revolutionary social changes wrought by modern culture, and especially the instantaneous culture of electonic communication."

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Time's News

"Bertman weaves a critical, compelling, and most significant for the sociologist, multi-level analytic argument about the human dimensions of living an accelerated life. He offers insightful, thoughtful, and conservative strategies for restraining our technology, retaining our history, and regaining our senses. This book could be used as a supplemental reading in Introductory Sociology or Social Problems courses that have a social change orientation. This book could also be easily integrated into courses such as American Society, Social Movements, Technology and Society, Social Change, and Social Theory and portions could be integrated into Family or Social Psychology courses."

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The Great Plains Sociologist

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A critique of modern American society focusing on the ills caused by our need for instant gratification and technology. Bertman (languages, literature, and civilization, U. of Windsor) blames a wide variety of problems, from the disintegration of the family to the degradation of the environment, on the accelerated pace of American society. The cure, he argues, is a drastic slowdown of this pace and a reassertion of control over the technologies that dominate us. The book concludes with a chapter on the three keys to resisting this "power of now" that rules the lives of Americans. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275962050
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN BERTMAN, Ph.D., is Professor of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Civilizations at Canada's University of Windsor.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Time Machine
Ch. 1 Warp Speed 1
Ch. 2 The Three Sources of Now's Power 15
Ch. 3 The Transformation of the Individual 41
Ch. 4 The Transformation of the Family 63
Ch. 5 The Transformation of Society 83
Sect. 1 Materialism and Gratification 84
Sect. 2 Society and Speed 103
Ch. 6 The Transformation of Democracy 125
Ch. 7 The Transformation of International Relations 149
Ch. 8 The Transformation of the Environment 171
Ch. 9 The Three Keys to Resisting Now's Power 191
Conclusion: Beyond Future Shock 207
Notes 209
Recommended Reading 237
Index 261
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