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The Third Wave (1980)

av Alvin Toffler, Heidi Toffler

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From the author of Future Shock, a striking way out of today's despair . . . a bracing, optimistic look at our new potentials. The Third Wave makes startling sense of the violent changes now battering our world. Its sweeping synthesis casts fresh light on our new forms of marriage and family, on today's dramatic changes in business and economics. It explains the role of cults, the new definitions of work, play, love, and success. It points toward new forms of twenty-first-century democracy. Praise for The Third Wave   "Magnificent . . . an astonishing array of information."--The Washington Post   "Imperishably fresh."--Business Week   "Will mesmerize readers, and rightly so."--Vogue "Alvin Toffler . . . has written another blockbuster . . . a powerful book."--The Guardian   "Fresh ideas, clearly explained. . . . Toffler has proven again that he is a master."--United Press International   "Toffler has imagination and an ability to think of various future possibilities by transcending prevailing values, assumptions and myths."--Associated Press   "Once you have walked into his version of the future, you may decide never again to whitewash some of the built-in frailties of the real present."--Financial Post   "Rich, stimulating and basically optimistic . . . will unquestionably aid many to a greater understanding of [today's] puzzling social changes."--The Globe & Mail   "A detailed breathtakingly bold projection of the social changes required if we are to survive. . . . Toffler's vision of a democratic, self-sustaining utopia is a brave alternative to recent grim warnings."--Cosmopolitan… (mer)

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Toffler's main thesis, that de-massification of production is leading to a kind of economy based upon home-based, independent, information-work contractors slash everyone has a home makerspace run by their off-grid, or perhaps, decentralized peer-peer networked alternative energy sources doesn't seem any more or less likely than any other imagined future. I think he'd be disappointed at how reactionary "Second Wavers" have been and how successfully they've caught the Third Wave. E.g., "school choice" to my knowledge is almost entirely the purview of the conservative religious movement, not progressives. Toffler does acknowledge that these historical Waves are amoral and spends some time talking about bad scenarios, though his overwhelming thrust is optimistic. I have to wonder how much of the pessimistic parts were a response to the general 70's malaise.

What always cracks me up about books like this is, here is someone that has come up with a comprehensive anthropological and historical explanation and framework for human history and future development, yet is neither an anthropologist nor a historian. Does his outsider status give him a clarity of vision, or is he essentially just a somewhat ponderous science fiction author? When picturing The book's scenarios, I kept thinking of SnowCrash and The Diamond Age, also The Dispossessed, which all imagine de-centralized, de-massified societies. ( )
  encephalical | Jun 3, 2017 |
Dust jacket subtitle: 'the revolution that will change our lives.'
  LibraryofMistakes | Mar 11, 2014 |
An expose on the impacts of the information age on industrial society. ( )
  tbdunamis | Dec 30, 2011 |
Pour Toffler la civilisation évolue à travers de grandes mutations qui en bouleversent les structures et le fonctionnement. La première vague fut celle des sociétés agricoles, pyramidales et monarchiques. La seconde correspond au mouvement d'industrialisation et à l'éveil de la démocratie. La troisième s'annonce, se manifeste déjà, caractérisée par de nouveaux modes de production, de nouvelles ressources économiques (informatique, biologie,…), la disparition de l'Etat-Nation et l'émergence des réseaux.
Après avoir fait un retour sur les deux précédentes vagues Toffler s'essaie à envisager plus en détail ce que seront les caractéristiques de la 3e dans la plupart des domaines où le changement s'annonce, de l'économie à la famille, de la politique à la société. En conclusion il en envisage les conditions d'émergence sans minimiser les conflits que pourrait engendrer la période de transition. Pour en limiter les effets dévastateur il invite les élites à s'y préparer et à nous y préparer.
Rédigé en 1980 cet essai ignore les développements les plus récents de l'informatique et, bien évidemment, la place essentiel qu'occupe aujourd'hui internet. Si beaucoup de ses anticipations se révèlent improbables ou totalement dépassées, comme c'est souvent le cas dans ce genre d'ouvrage, la plupart se révèlent pertinentes et restent d'actualités. Malgré son grand âge ce livre est en fait au cœur des problèmes qui bouleversent aujourd'hui nos sociétés. Une lecture stimulante. ( )
  Arvoitus | Oct 31, 2011 |
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  robledo | Nov 8, 2007 |
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Whose convincing arguments helped me decide to write The Third Wave. Her tough, tenacious criticism of my ideas and her professionalism as an editor are reflected on every page.

    
Her contributions to this book extend far beyond those one would expect of a colleague, an intellectual companion, a friend, lover and wife.
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From the author of Future Shock, a striking way out of today's despair . . . a bracing, optimistic look at our new potentials. The Third Wave makes startling sense of the violent changes now battering our world. Its sweeping synthesis casts fresh light on our new forms of marriage and family, on today's dramatic changes in business and economics. It explains the role of cults, the new definitions of work, play, love, and success. It points toward new forms of twenty-first-century democracy. Praise for The Third Wave   "Magnificent . . . an astonishing array of information."--The Washington Post   "Imperishably fresh."--Business Week   "Will mesmerize readers, and rightly so."--Vogue "Alvin Toffler . . . has written another blockbuster . . . a powerful book."--The Guardian   "Fresh ideas, clearly explained. . . . Toffler has proven again that he is a master."--United Press International   "Toffler has imagination and an ability to think of various future possibilities by transcending prevailing values, assumptions and myths."--Associated Press   "Once you have walked into his version of the future, you may decide never again to whitewash some of the built-in frailties of the real present."--Financial Post   "Rich, stimulating and basically optimistic . . . will unquestionably aid many to a greater understanding of [today's] puzzling social changes."--The Globe & Mail   "A detailed breathtakingly bold projection of the social changes required if we are to survive. . . . Toffler's vision of a democratic, self-sustaining utopia is a brave alternative to recent grim warnings."--Cosmopolitan

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