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The Third Wave By Alvin Toffler The Third Wave The Eco-Spasm Report Future Shock The Culture Consumers Learning for Tomorrow (Editor) The Futurists. Bantam Books by Alvin Toffler. Ask your bookseller for the books you have missed. FUTURE SHOCK THE THIRD WAVE. This edition contains the complete text. THE THIRD WAVE. Author: Alvin Toffler. Reviewed by: Dr. Qadar Bakhsh Baloch* & Dr. Nasir Kareem**. General Overview: The Third Wave1 is a book written by.

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The third wave by Alvin Toffler, , Morrow edition, in English - 1st ed. in the Third Wave, Alvin Toffler, author of "Future. Shock," has written another book that may alter the way we view ourselves and the world around us. The Third. The Third Wave by Alvin - Download as PDF File .pdf) or read online.

The First Wave is the settled agricultural society which prevailed in much of the world after the Neolithic Revolution , which replaced hunter-gatherer cultures. The Second Wave is Industrial Age society. Key aspects of Second Wave society are the nuclear family , a factory-type education system and the corporation. Toffler writes: "The Second Wave Society is industrial and based on mass production , mass distribution , mass consumption , mass education , mass media , mass recreation , mass entertainment , and weapons of mass destruction. You combine those things with standardization , centralization , concentration, and synchronization, and you wind up with a style of organization we call bureaucracy. Toffler says that since the late s most countries have been transitioning from a Second Wave society into a Third Wave society. He coined many words to describe it and mentions names invented by others, such as the Information Age. Anthropological interpretation[ edit ] The transition from the earlier hunter-gatherer societies to the agrarian and agricultural societies is also known as the Neolithic Revolution. This coincides with the transition from the Mesolithic era to the Neolithic era respectively, the Middle and Late Stone Age. The transition from the Paleolithic to the Mesolithic Early to Middle Stone Age , in turn, largely coincides with the emergence of the modern Homo sapiens from earlier, related archaic human species. Nearly extinct in the present-day world, hunter-gatherer societies which one might term the "Zero Wave" societies are not recognized in Toffler's scheme. Similarly, in the classical Three-age system , distinctions are recognized between the Stone Age era Bronze Age , Iron Age , the boundary between the latter two c. None of these phases are clearly recognized in the Toffler scheme, in part due to the prevalence of the latter phase amongst present-day pre-industrial societies. At present, there is no clear delineation of the latest transition, though sometimes the term Post-industrial society , originating from Daniel Bell , is used, in addition to Toffler's "Third Wave society".

Toffler sees truths from his privileged position. Those are the standards Toffler uses to heuristically describe his third wave world and what should be.

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I accept that I was thrown in to a world not of my own making and my choices are necessitated by time and chance and meaning is a wonderful thing to have, but survival is more important and community takes as well as gives and structure forces conformity to the stifling norms of the community.

Yes, the author wants a change from one set of stifling norms foisted upon us by the community, but nevertheless, he wants conformity through a regression to the mean of the community. That statement can only be made by the privileged conformist enabler whose community is their self identified community which provides structure for creating their meaning which very well might be exclusionary to me.

This book essentially fundamentally supports that statement on color blindness. One reeks of privilege and privileges.

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One does not. The world was changing and at most the author was accepting the reality of what was happening, but never really saw the depth of the revaluation of all values that was happening as he was writing his book or the cataclysmic tsunamis that were soon to arrive.

The author does make some predictions of the future. There is a tidal wave happening at the time he wrote the book but he only gets it right about half the time.

They can go with the flow, or get out of the way. But the Tofflers do pull one highly significant punch. They fail to mention that the very basis of power, as all civilizations so far have known it, is crumbling within our hands.

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Power inheres in property, meaning, in First Wave societies, land, and, in Second Wave societies, the factories, machinery, etc.

But, as they point out, the basis of wealth and power in the Third Wave is information including images and "knowledge" , and this is a slippery substance indeed. Land and factories are easy to fence off and defend, but information, as the Tofflers briefly acknowledge, is "intangible," "inexhaustible" and capable of being used by many people at once.

Which means, although they do not come out and say it, that information cannot easily be "owned. But sooner or later some hacker, like Kevin D.

Mitnick, the recently apprehended computer security breaker, will come along and set it loose just for fun. The Tofflers pooh-pooh the opponents of the trade agreement with Mexico as Second Wave troglodytes, but a true Third Waver should have equal scorn for, say, the opponents of Chinese software piracy.

Though the Tofflers seem not to notice it, the struggle is already going on between those who would keep information frozen as property and those -- including the poor and the merely playful -- who would let it flow free.

The Second Wave overthrew the feudal aristocracy, and the third one, as the Tofflers themselves describe it, threatens not only the old-style industrial worker but all the structures of power and domination that have come down to us from the past.

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