Cook, Earl Ferguson, Man, Energy, Society
Life in a high energy society is in sharp contrast to life in a low energy society.
Family and community are subordinated to the state because most goods and services are produced outside the family and because the means of social control do not depend upon the family’s and community’s allocating status and inculcating behavior.
All goods come from production units much larger than the family and for the most part outside the community.
Services are performed by specialists, only the more common of whom will be found within the immediate community, and by consumer-operated power appliances.
The centralization of mass production and the proliferation of service centers require extensive transportation and communication networks; the speeds at which bodies and goods are moved, and words and pictures transmitted, become important indicators of the vitality of a high energy society.