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The Impulse Society
Author: Paul Roberts

ISBN: 9781408864272
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 21 October 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.4
Description:
From the author of The End of Oil and The End of Food, a galvanizing look at our restless and overindulged 'impulse society'.

What do soaring debt, endemic narcissism, road rage, political attack ads and killer drones share in common? All are symptoms of a society that moves, reflexively and relentlessly, to exploit the fastest, most efficient means to any end, without regard to cost. This is the 'impulse society' in which we live.

In every facet of postindustrial society - the way we eat, the way we communicate and entertain, the way we work, the way we court lovers and raise children, educate and govern - technology and affluence has let us reach our goals with a speed and efficiency unimaginable even a generation ago.

But the result is not all milk, honey, and gold. Companies now reflexively maximise short-term gain at the expense of long- term success. Politicians resort with ever-greater speed to nasty campaign tactics, and can count on their damaging claims to spread before the facts catch up with them. Consumers engage in serial over-indulgence and pursue instant gratification of every ...

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