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The impulse society : America in the Age of Instant Gratification. / Paul Roberts.

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  • ISBN: 9781608198184 (electronic bk)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource
  • Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2014.

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Summary, etc.: 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 now let us reach our goals with a speed and efficiency unimaginable even a generation ago. But the result, Paul Roberts warns, is not all milk, honey, and gold. Companies now reflexively maximize 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 in a self-tailored bubble. And the costs are substantial: financial volatility, health epidemics, environmental exhaustion and political paralysis, to say nothing of a growing, gnawing dissatisfaction.
Reproduction Note: Electronic reproduction. New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2014. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 625 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
Subject: Nonfiction.
Sociology.
Genre: Electronic books.

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