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Read as published. As a young person at the time attempts to discuss Packard's writings in the regular channels of study or youth club were mostly met with scepticism or humour.The more radical social organisations and trade unions were ready to listen.Of course there are now so many books on 'the sociology of...work, change, industrial or technological...change' David Silverman and his early sociological pieces on time and workplace studies and others on 'how change changes social and personal
I read this in 1969. Very enlightening, and still timely! Even more so!
Basically American as for the data he analyzes, out of date for the most of it, but still interesting in some parts
Number 27 for #read26fw I started reading this seven or eight months ago, just after finishing The Circle by Dave Eggers. It is quite a contrast between the two, much more than the fifty year gap between when they were written might suggest. The increasing abandonment of the concept of privacy that is so evident in today's society is seen by Packard as something that could end up destroying our society rather than democratizing it. Something worth thinking about.