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Alvin Toffler (1928–2016)

Alvin Toffler was born on October 4, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for Don't Ask Me, Ask God (1984), Future Shock (1972) and The Reality of Me (TROM) (2011). He was married to Adelaide Elizabeth Farrell. He died on June 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Don't Ask Me, Ask God
Future Shock
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 1972 Future Shock (Documentary short) (book)
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 2011 All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Himself - Digital Futurologist
- Love and Power (2011) ... Himself - Digital Futurologist
 2011 The Reality of Me (TROM) (Documentary)
 2010 The Singularity Is Near (Documentary)
 2007 The Boomer Century (TV Movie documentary)
 1999 The 20th Century: Yesterday's Tomorrows (TV Movie documentary)
 1999 Turn Ben Stein On (TV Series)
- The Millennium Show (1999) ... Himself
 1997 The Works (TV Series documentary)
- The Man Who Saw the Future (1997) ... Himself
 1993 America Undercover (TV Series documentary)
- Shock Video (1993) ... Himself
 1984 Don't Ask Me, Ask God (TV Movie)
 1980 Semarikuru dai-3 no nami (TV Movie)
 1975-1976 Good Morning America (TV Series)
- Episode dated 16 June 1976 (1976) ... Himself
- Episode dated 18 March 1975 (1975) ... Himself
 1971-1975 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Himself - Author
- Episode #14.143 (1975) ... Himself - Author
- Episode #10.228 (1971) ... Himself - Author
 1972 The David Frost Show (TV Series)
- Episode #4.175 (1972) ... Himself
 1972 The City in the Image of Man: Ideas and Work of Paolo Soleri (TV Movie documentary)
 1972 Here Come the Seventies (TV Series documentary)
- The World of Future Shock (1972) ... Himself
 1972 Future Shock (Documentary short)
 1970 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series)
- Episode #9.210 (1970) ... Himself
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 2016 The Eighties (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- The Tech Boom (2016) ... Himself

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I coined the term future shock to describe the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time. Fascinated by this concept, I spent the next five years visiting scores of universities, research centers, laboratories, and government agencies, reading countless articles and scientific papers, and interviewing literally ... See more »


A journalist turned futurist, or speculative sociologist, Toffler invented the term "future shock" to describe "the dizzying disorientation brought on by the premature arrival of the future." His 1970 book, "Future Shoc", was on the bestseller list, in its hardcover edition and later as a Bantam paperback, for a total of 78 weeks. A movie fan and amateur pilot, he also wrote the books "The Third ... See more »

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