The Third Wave
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Mass Market Paperback Reissue edition (December 1991)
Bantam Books; ISBN: 0553246984 ; Dimensions
(in inches): 1.24 x 6.86 x 4.17
An Explanation of the "Computer
This book attempts to explain the both the nature and the process of the technological revolution that has transformed the world's social and economic systems. "The Tofflers correctly understand the development and distribution of information that has become the central productivity and power activity of the human race.... In the Third Wave, the Tofflers moved from observation (found in earlier works such as _Future Shock_) to creating a predictive framework They placed the information revolution (from circa 1990) in an historical perspective, comparing it with the other two great transformations, the agricultural revolution (beginning 8000 B.C thru around 1700) the industrial revolution (beginning around 1700 and still spreading across world society in an ever slower movement) . According to the Tofflers, we are feeling the impact of the third great wave of change in history, and we are, as a result, in the process of creating a new civilization." (Preface to Toffler's _Creating a New Civilization_)
It is the collision of these
concentric waves, and the turbulence created by the interaction of these
waves, ie theresistance of industrial-based organizations to information-based
systems, that accounts, in their view, for much of the seeming
social, political and economic disorder. In short, this book seeks to postulate
a paradigm that explains the entire scope of the Information Revolution.
It succeeds in this goal as perhaps no other book written to date.