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The Age of Access: The New Culture of Hypercapitalism, Where All of Life is a Paid-For Experience

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  255 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Visionary activist and author Jeremy Rifkin exposes the real stakes of the new economy, delivering "the clearest summation yet of how the Internet is really changing our lives" (The Seattle Times).Imagine waking up one day to find that virtually every activity you engage in outside your immediate family has become a "paid-for" experience. It's all part of a fundamental cha ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 5th 2001 by "Tarcher" (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jan 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: technology, internet
Con “L’era dell’Accesso” Jeremy Rifkin ha realizzato un’opera estremamente interessante. Finalmente qualcuno osserva e analizza l’evoluzione del sistema capitalista con sguardo attento, intelligente e mai ideologico. Il libro è ricchissimo di fatti e di esempi, in alcuni punti persino in modo eccessivo. Unico appunto che ritengo doveroso fare a questo volume è il tentativo un poco ingenuo e già obsoleto di agganciare alcune delle ipotesi proposte all’evoluzione della rete e della cosidetta new-e ...more
Oct 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read this book for the first time in 2001. I read it again in 2010 and his prediction was right on point. People interested in making money in this age of access would benefit from this book
Ajeje Brazov
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saggi
"In un mondo in cui tutti sono coinvolti in reti commerciali di qualche genere e sono in costante rapporto attraverso canoni di leasing, partnership, abbonamenti, tariffe, il tempo diventa integralmente tempo commerciale. Quando l'intera vita è un'esperienza a pagamento, la cultura si atrofizza e muore, lasciando i soli legami economici a tenere insieme la civiltà. Questa è la crisi della postmodernità."
"La vita culturale, essendo un'esperienza condivisa fra individui, ha sempre posto la questio
Tyshawn Knight
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have ever read and it gets better every year as his predictions come true. It is a book about how to do business in the twenty-first century written at the turn of the century, before Obama! If you want to know what you should be buying and selling instead of real estate then I suggest you read this book. If you have health problems and want to know why you should not take medications that are still in the study stage or join medical studies for treatment, then I ...more
Rifkin tends to repeat his main theses over and over again throughout the book, but the book does get more interesting towards the end when he writes of how access as a societal concept is situated within a postmodern society. Release from capital Though written many years ago (late 90s, early 2000s) his message is more germane now that access to media, information, and social networks are an ingrained part of our contemporary lives.
Silvia Romano
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buen libro. Entretenido y premonitorio de la economía en la que estamos sumergidos.
De a ratos, puede resultar un poco panfletario pero es un libro de obligada lectura para todos aquellos que quieran entender el actual capitalismo del mundo desarrollado.

Un pero: por la temática (nuevas tecnologías...) el libro requiere una urgente actualización de los datos (la obra fue editada en el año 2000) En cualquier caso, las principales premisas del libro siguen más vigentes que nunca.
Jorge Amaya-Loustaunau
los 3 conceptos con los que me deja este libro:
el surgimiento de las funciones de mkt por encima de las añejas propias de la manufactura.
la llamada hollywoodizacion de la cultura mundial y sus riesgos.
el advenimiento de la etica del juego contraria a la etica del trabajo tan caracteristica de la era industrial.
buen libro con sus fallos tratando de predecir el futuro. la lectura vale la pena.
Jan 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-non_fiction
A bit outdated, but still good. For me it was one of those course books you don't really have time for but read later. I get the feeling that the older you are the more revelations you'd find in it. I'm a bit inside his topic, generation-wise.
May 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
It was published in 2000 and Rifkin's prediction of how human interconnectedness, real vs. virtual would break down social trust and thereby screwing the economy hard

And totally terrifying.
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Un livre précurseur ayant anticipé la transformation de notre économie : dématérialisation des contenus, vente d'expériences, domination des services et du contenu...

Il est encore plus intéressant de se replonger dedans 10 ans après et de voir que Rifkin avait vu juste.
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this in 2001. Glad I did. It is actually funny how it is getting easier and easier to have increasingly more accurate projections of future trends and transformations in the Mode of Production.

I do believe that "race against the machine" is a great follow up 10 years later.
Roman Zenner
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Made me nod all along for most parts. Like his observations on the weightless economy.
Sep 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
a bit strangely written but very stimulating !
Dec 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Explores the ramifications of the widespread shift in economics and life from buyer-seller to supplier-user, where all activities outside of your immediate family are paid-access.
Oct 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to David by: Thomas K Wentz
If you are interested in how society has changed the way it views ownership versus experiences, read this book.
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