"There is erudition, an excellent bibliography, and much food for thought in this book, and it does resonate with problems in American society."
"The book is easy to read and has a broad sweep. . . . Students and thoughful psychologists interested in communication, stresses related to time pressure, cultural change, and the effects of technology on human behavior and cognition should find useful ideas here."
"Impressive in its command of details and description, this book accurately describes the revolutionary social changes wrought by modern culture, and especially the instantaneous culture of electonic communication."
"Bertman weaves a critical, compelling, and most significant for the sociologist, multi-level analytic argument about the human dimensions of living an accelerated life. He offers insightful, thoughtful, and conservative strategies for restraining our technology, retaining our history, and regaining our senses. This book could be used as a supplemental reading in Introductory Sociology or Social Problems courses that have a social change orientation. This book could also be easily integrated into courses such as American Society, Social Movements, Technology and Society, Social Change, and Social Theory and portions could be integrated into Family or Social Psychology courses."
"If you don't have as much time to read as you wish you had, you must buy this book. Sit down, read it slowly, carefully, and thoughtfully, and discuss it with those you live, love, and work with. Professor Bertman has his hand on the dangerously rapid pulse of a society spinning wildly out of control and rushing perilously away from the values, rituals, sacredness, and simple joys essential to health and healing. Unless we heed his carefully researched warnings about the risks of our mass hyperactivity, we may end up dying before we have ever fully lived."
"Stephen Bertman focuses attention on the speedup of social and technological change that is disrupting people's lives everywhere. His book should open readers' eyes both to the urgency of the problem and to potential solutions."
Stephen Bertman writes some of the most powerful prose I have ever read, and in ^IHyperculture^R surpasses all his previous efforts. This is a profound book about a profound problem facing the modern world.
With an impressive command of the myriad details, Stephen Bertman identifies the main features of the revolutionary transformations that are taking place on our time-compact globe. Then, with the sensitivity of a scholar of classical and modern civilizations, he outlines an agenda for securing a continuity of humanness in the storm of change.
The effects of hyperculture...are powerful, thoroughly alarming and hardly understood, though experienced by all of us. Calling attention to the mechanisms and processes by which American society is being driven into frantic, and often purposeless, motion is a public service.
True, no one can predict the future, but a few gifted minds can extrapolate past trends....Bertman gives us a wise and insightful book.
Stephen Bertman has written a thoughtful, provocative analysis of the importance of cultural memory. It has large implications for parents, teachers, museums, libraries, and the mass media. I certainly hope it reaches a large popular audience.