The Impulse Society : What's Wrong with Getting What We Want, Paperback Book

The Impulse Society : What's Wrong with Getting What We Want Paperback

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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 whim with speed and greed.

The costs of living this way are substantial: financial volatility, health epidemics, environmental exhaustion and political paralysis, to say nothing of a growing, gnawing dissatisfaction. In this epoch-defining book, Paul Roberts traces the roots of this problem, damningly revealing how it has permeated society, and cogently argues how it may, perhaps, still be reversed.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: Cultural studies
  • ISBN: 9781408864272

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