- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: Turner Pub; 1st edition (March 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1570362246
- ISBN-13: 978-1570362248
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
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Creating a New Civilization: The Politics of the Third Wave Hardcover – March, 1995
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The Tofflers explore possible futures in the Third Wave. A reader who would like to understand this book fully would do well to read the Third Wave first.
The ideas are controversial. But it is an excellent read for any one who wants to think about why we do what we do.
The book is unusually short; most of their work has been long and sometimes ponderous. This one reads like a "how-to" - what we as individuals can do as we painfully move into the "knowledge" civilization.
A reader who is ready to look at where we are, and the futility of bringing things "back" to some previous time will be well-rewarded - and if you respond as I did, you might have some ideas of a role you might want to play.
This work too is a replay of Tofflers' often repeated notion of human development in three great phases, an Agricultural , Industrial and now Information Age. There is truth in this picture but it is far too simplistic and one- dimensional to encompass the realities of our world. Take for instance the Energy question which the Tofflers seemed to feel would have a relatively easy solution when they wrote this book in the early nineties. Here we are well into the first decade of the twenty- first century and the non- renewable fossil fuel resource is causing havoc with Civilization as a whole.
Morever even when there are developments which reenforce the Toffler picture of our living in an 'Information Age' they come in surprising unpredictable ways which raise serious questions on many fronts. The development of the Internet would seem to strengthen Toffler's main idea of our moving into an Information Age Economy, one in which customization, and de- massification are central. Consider the multiplication of Media and of human expression which the Internet has allowed. This would seem to be a kind of consummate proof of the Toffler thesis. Yet look also at the possible 'dumbing down' of the population, at the undermining in certain areas of the integrity of the 'knowledge industry' in the Academy. Consider such political phenomena as the rise of Radical Islam and the way their terrorists make use of 'information age' technology to threaten and attack others.
The Tofflers' view of the Future is too one- sidedly optimistic. And it too in my opinion , 'arrogant' in its assumption that their idea or ideas understand it all.
Their book has some interesting suggestions about what the human future will look like, but they certainly do not 'see it all'- not even the half of it.