So Much, So Fast, So Little Time: Coming to Terms with Rapid Change and Its Consequences

So Much, So Fast, So Little Time: Coming to Terms with Rapid Change and Its Consequences

by Michael St. Clair
     
 

This book examines the extraordinary changes that technology brings and how these affect all of us and our families—at home, at school, and at our work places—with profound consequences for society.

Overview

This book examines the extraordinary changes that technology brings and how these affect all of us and our families—at home, at school, and at our work places—with profound consequences for society.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Quite inspiring as a map of the multidimensionality of contemporary social change." - PsycCRITIQUES

"St. Clair addresses monumentally important issues. This reader is confident that anyone over the age of 30 has wondered about the very matters this book raises. But St. Clair does not just wonder; he explores the issues of rapid technological changes and their impact on 'us' individually and collectively. The thought-provoking introduction establishes seven important areas in which research on the consequences of rapid change could be organized: information and the Internet; communication, entertainment, and stimulation; work and how work changes individuals; social behavior and values; speed and altered time; family and personal relationships; and contradictory social trends and fewer shared experiences. In all these areas, rapid change—especially rapid technological change—is changing forever who we are, what we do, what we value, and how we approach each other as a society. This is a must-read, including for parents and teachers who need to understand the 'Google generation' and 'digital natives' sitting in their classrooms and/or living rooms. Summing up: Essential. All readers." - Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313392757
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/09/2011
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Jennifer Nepper Fiebig
"Reading this book is like looking into a mirror then seeing my life as a working professional and mother unfold. St. Clair implores readers to examine the quality of their lives today while pondering the future in this quickly changing world. A must read for everyone wondering where all their free-time went!"
Padraic O'Hare
"Michael St. Clair's luxurious evocation, explanation and celebration of change in virtually every feature of contemporary life is masterful. His is a comprehensive identification of a great range of serendipitous changes neural, technical, cultural and more, joined to fascinating and provocative report of how we humans are being changed by change. Not without cautions about some change and the rapidity of change, St. Clair nevertheless views change as–quite literally–marvelous. He takes his place in a long line of seers who counsel thoughtfully embracing change; for 'To live is to change and to be perfect is to have changed often.' (John Henry Newman) If Shaw's wonderfully droll aphorism is true, if 'There are always two games being played: the one you are playing and the one that is being played,' the game being played is change, and Michael St. Clair is your sure guide."
Alan Wolfe
"Michael St. Clair tackles the problem of change with verve and honest reflection. His book helps us understand why we sometimes feel so dizzy with the pace of change all around us."
Susan Keane
"For many of us in the humanities, the present moment represents change that can be compared to no other: a dizzying combination of overabundant choice, excessive speed, and an occasional acute sense of loss. In this excellent book, Michael St. Clair views our disconcerting world with both realism and hope. Despite a deep regard for the past, he resists nostalgia; and, while he embraces many aspects of our digital era, he manifests an acute sense of how life, in any age, can be lived wisely."
Frederick H. Abernathy
"Michael St. Clair offers an easy reading look at the impact of digital technology on how we go about our daily lives, whether we are a Digital Native or a Digital Immigrant, as he calls himself. He comments on the 'digital impact' on our way of reading, and our changing patterns of brain activity as we respond to imagines and text on a computer screen."
Frances K. Grossman
"This is a lively and thoughtful book that captures in a readable manner the ever-accelerating pace of our lives. By organizing the data into meaningful categories, he allows us all to see clearly what is happening in our lives as well as how it affects us, and suggests helpful ways of coping. As a psychologist, I can think of many clients and students, to say nothing of friends, who will find this book mind-expanding and fascinating."

Meet the Author

Michael St. Clair, PhD, is emeritus professor of psychology at Emmanuel College, Boston, MA.

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