The Impulse Society

The Impulse Society

America in the Age of Instant Gratification

eBook - 2014
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Drawing on the fields of economics, psychology, history and political philosophy, Roberts shows how we have become so obsessed with "maximizing returns" that we embrace virtually any means--any technology, personal tactic, or corporate strategy--that can deliver, regardless of consequences. Roberts lays out the history and geography of this new social order and charts a clear pathway toward a different and brighter future.
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury, [2014]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781608198184
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Characteristics: 1 online resource

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rdw39
Jul 07, 2015

This book was great! Roberts spelled out how our economy got where it is. I heartily agree with how we in our society have gone totally inward thinking only of our own needs & quick & rapid responses to everything. We're consumed with I-phones, texting, twitter, facebook & constant sharing about ourselves to whoever will listen & ignoring what's going on in our economic world. It was interesting to see that the financialization has crept into every facet of our lives & especially in our politics. The majority of our population seems content to ignore the warning signs & let their lethargy see things continue as is. Our society has been completely taken over by Financial Corporations who've convinced other Corporations in Technology to take their billions in cash to buy back their stock so they'll show a substantial bottom line for their stockholders rather than invest in R&D which could hire back workers they cut & never rehired as well keeping wages low for the worker but rewarding the top CEO's with obnoxious salary & bonus. Everyone who in concerned about how we got into this situation and what we need to do to get back to taking care of our middle class should read Robert's well told book.

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StarGladiator
Nov 16, 2014

This is one of these monstrous, ephemeral, nebulous books which conveniently shifts the blame [bet this guy devours those TED talks] while either blatantly not understanding, or misrepresenting, the facts. [1] The author claims: /// today 70% of the economy centers on consumption \\\ which figure along MEANS NOTHING! It is the percentage responsible for the vast amount of that 70% consumption, which today is now less than the upper 15%! Not understanding or misrepresenting the causes for the global economic meltdown, which reaped billions of dollars of stolen wealth for the super-criminals behind it, doesn't add to the solution. Book rated worthless. Fundamentally, Roberts is one of those types who doesn't understand, or want to admit, that one-fifth of the US work force is laid off during each and every jobless recovery, or that it is all OUR FAULT!

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GummiGirl
Nov 16, 2014

This was written to be up to the minute, and is already slightly out of date since the midterm election. The material isn't necessarily original, but it's still interesting, particularly the parts about business, finance, and politics.

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DeanWH
Oct 20, 2014

I was going to read this but with 308 pages I felt it was to long.

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