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The years have not been kind ....
on 28 January 2005
I read this book in the 1980s. Revisiting it now, my conclusions are the near-polar opposite of the other Amazon reviewers.
The future world Toffler describes has the bulk of the workforce working from home, traffic in cities dramatically diminished, literacy as unimportant and creativity being all - boring old procedures, logical thinking and plain hard work being yesterday's thing. This bears no resemblence to the world of 2005 as I see it.
It's also remarkably long-winded and for its size, contains very few truly testable propositions. The first section, an analysis of industrial revolution history, is by far the best section; the rest is mostly flatulent speculation and propositions based on loose and faulty logic. To take the home-working example: yes, we all know that office space is expensive and if a firm could function without it, and achieve the same results, they'd make a mint; the harder questions, e.g. how many people's jobs could be done entirely from home, how companies control their home working employees, how home workers can be given access to all data and facilities they need ... I have both worked from home quite a lot and managed (or attempted to manage) staff who work from home. Outside the ivory tower, Alvin, it ain't easy - that's why the roads are every bit as clogged up now in rush hours as they were when you wrote the book ....