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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.

544 pages, Unknown Binding

First published January 1, 1980

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Alvin Toffler

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Alvin Toffler was an American writer and futurist, known for his works discussing the digital revolution, communications revolution, corporate revolution and technological singularity. A former associate editor of Fortune magazine, his early work focused on technology and its impact (through effects like information overload.

Accenture, the management consultancy, has dubbed him the third most influential voice among business leaders, after Bill Gates and Peter Drucker. He has also been described in the Financial Times as the "world's most famous futurologist". People's Daily classes him among the 50 foreigners that shaped modern China.

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March 16, 2022
The Third Wave, Alvin Toffler

The Third Wave is a book published in 1980 by Alvin Toffler. It is the sequel to Future Shock, published in 1970, and the second in what was originally likely meant to be a trilogy that was continued with Powershift: Knowledge, Wealth and Violence at the Edge of the 21st Century in 1990.

A new addition, Revolutionary Wealth, was published, however, in 2006 and may be considered as a major expansion of The Third Wave. Toffler's book describes the transition in developed countries from Industrial Age society, which he calls the "Second Wave", to Information Age "Third Wave" society.

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. The Second Wave began in Western Europe with the Industrial Revolution, and subsequently spread across the world. Key aspects of Second Wave society are the nuclear family, a factory-type education system and the corporation.

The Third Wave is the post-industrial society. Toffler says that since the late 1950'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.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه مارس سال1984میلادی

عنوان: موج سوم؛ نویسنده: آلوین تافلر، مترجم: شهیندخت خوارزمی؛ تهران، نشرنو، سال1362؛ در پانزده و674ص؛ کتابنامه از ص613 تا ص643؛ چاپ پنچم 1370؛ واژه نامه دارد؛ چاپ دیگر: نشر نو، چاپ بیست و یکم سال1393؛ شابک9789647443494؛ موضوع تمدن جدید، تحولات اجتماعی سالهای1945میلادی، تا سال1950میلادی از نویسندگان ایالات متحده آمریکا - سده20م

موج سوم، کتابی نامدار از «الوین تافلر» است، که پس از کتاب: «شوک آینده»ی ایشان نگاشته شده، و نخستین بار در سال1970میلادی منتشر شده است؛ کتاب «تافلر»، مراحل گذر کردن کشورهای توسعه‌ یافته، از «انقلاب صنعتی»، به «عصر اطلاعات» را، بازنمایی می‌کند؛ ایشان در کتابهایشان از «انقلاب صنعتی» را با عنوان «موج دوم»، و از دوران اطلاعات و داده ها، با عنوان «موج سوم»، یاد کرده اند

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 23/01/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ 18/12/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
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May 24, 2012
The first wave (Agrarian Society) lasted for thousands of years; the second wave (Industrial society) lasted for close to 300 years and now the third wave("information society")- started in 1960s in U.S.- has more or less spread across the whole globe. Even though the book is written in 1980s, most part of it is still valid today. What i really liked about it is how the author tries to interconnect seemingly unrelated events in different fields like tech, sociology, politics, environment & economics with linkages of sound & convincing arguments.

One may find initial few parts (of first & second wave societies) a little bit boring but as one gets to the third wave part, he/she will start relating it to the events occurred or occurring in his/her life time.
I suggest, read this book not mere for its content but also for the style & structure.The book describes the path along which small changes occurring in diverse fields-each inspired by its own characteristic need- leads to the rise of civilization which itself shapes the future of many human generations.

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February 9, 2021
بسم الله...

حرفهای بزرگتر از دهانم!

فکر کنید یک دختر مدرسه ای 16 ساله باشید و اسم کتاب را در پاورقی کتاب جامعه شناسی تان خوانده باشید و روزهای کنکور، وسط خواندن کتاب های درسی، "موج سوم" تافلر را از کتابخانه امانت بگیرید و بخوانید!ا

اعتراف می کنم هیچ نمی فهمیدم و دنبال حرف های گنده تر از دهانم بودم! اما جسارت آن دختر 16 ساله را دوست داشتم :)ا

باید دوباره بخوانمش.

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117 reviews18 followers
August 14, 2017
برخی افراد به قانون اساسی با احترامی تقدس آمیز نگاه می کنند و آن را حاوی ده فرمان می پندارند که آنقدر مقدس است که نباید بدان دست زد. آنان به
مردان اعصار گذشته عقلی بالاتر از عقل بشری نسبت می دهند و تصور می کنند که آنچه آنان انجام داده اند احتیاج به هیچگونه تغییر یا اصلاحی ندارد... من مطمئنا طرفدار ایجاد تغییرات مکرر و آزمایش نشده در قوانین حقوقی و قانون اساسی نیستم... اما می دانم که قوانین و نهادها باید دست در دست یکدیگر با پیشرفت ذهن بشری همگام شوند... همانطور که اکتشافات جدید انجام می شود و حقایق تازه آشکار می گردد و حالات و افکار و عقاید نیز همگام با شرایط تغییر می یابند، نهادها نیز باید پیشرفت کنند
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290 reviews
August 23, 2008
موج سوم نوشته الوين تافلر هميشه داراي بالاترين چاپ بوده است
بين كتابهاي مديريت صنعتي بهترين رتبه كتاب را داراست
نويسنده اش با شوك آينده شهرت يافت و موج سوم هم ثابت كرد كه او مديري بي همتاست و مي تواند باشد
موج سوم بر اين مفهوم بنا شده است كه تاريخ بشر دو انقلاب را پشت سر گذاشته است انقلاب كشاورزي و انقلاب صنعتي و اكنون در آستانه سومين آن يعني انقلاب الكترونيك است وبحران جهان كنوني نا شي از اين انتقال پر تنش است
در فصل هفدهم خانواده هاي آينده را به خوبي ترسيم كرده است
و در فصل بيست و سوم بحث جالب گاندي با ماهواره را نوشته است
و در انتها
سرنوشتي كه بايد ساخت
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October 12, 2017
خیلی عجیبه!اونم دوتا چیز خیلی عجیبه!اول اینکه چطور ممکنه کتاب شوک اینده ی اروین تافلر توی بوکریدز نباشه؟
دوم اینکه چطور یه خبر نگار انقدر نابغست!ما همیشه فک میکنیم خبرنگارا کسایی ان که فقط حرف دیگه رو تکرار میکنن ولی واقعا اینجور نیست!اینکه تافلر انقدر خوب همه چیو پیشبینی کرده و اتفاق افتاده اینکه قبل از فروریختن شوروی یه کتاب داد و دلایل فرو ریختن شوروی رو توضیح داد در نوع خودش فوق العادست!
این کتابو یه دکتر اقتصاد بهم داد و بهم گفت قبل از پزشکی باید اینارو بدونی و بفهمی دورت چه خبره!
نمیشد شروعو بذارم بعد تموم کردن این کتابا
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September 6, 2020
کتاب برای ۱۹۸۰ هستش پس باید درست خوندش، این کتاب یه سری پیش بینی ها میکنه در مورد آینده ی دنیا، یعنی امروز ما، بعضی محقق شده و بعضی به بیراهه رفته، ولی میشه شرایط اجتماعی و سیاسی رو که منجر به محقق شدن و نشدن اینها شده رو درک کرد
همچنین راهکارهایی برای مسائلی میده که تا حالا یا حل شدن یا گره کورتری خوردن، همین میتونه با توجه به گذشت زمان و تجربه ی ما چیزهای زیادی رو نشونمون میده
فکر کنید، دنیا رو دارید زمانی تجربه میکنید که بلوک شرق و غربی وجود داره و رقابتهایی تو دنیا هست که از جنس امروز نیست، آمریکا تازه جنبش های اجتماعی رو پشت سر گذاشته، اعراب تازه تحریم نفتی رو اجرا کردم و و و، این کتاب تو این فضا نوشته شده، و فارغ از محتواش خیلی میتونه مدل فکر کردن جدیدی رو یاد بده
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February 8, 2021
کتاب خیلی خوبیه. با خوندنش فکر میکنم قسمت های هیجان انگیز زندگی هنوز مونده. با این سرعت تغییرات ببینیم چی قراره سر کشورها و کلا دنیا میاد. حجم کتاب بالاست اما فوق العاده مطالب سیاسی فرهنگی اجتماعی و مثالهایی از تاریخ داره که حتما ارزش خوندن داره
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August 4, 2019
کتاب موج سوم یکی از بهترین کتاب هایی است در این زمینه مطالعه کردم، الوین تافلر واقعا مباحث اجتماعی، اقتصادی و ... در این کتاب خیلی جذاب بحث کرده است
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December 2, 2021
Extreme centrist never see color or diversity. Toffler is a privileged extreme centrist living with rose colored glasses (‘la vie en rose’) hypothesizing a third wave while visualizing the future while always staying within the confines of his second wave, the industrial wave, motifs dominated by his privileged identity.

Fundamental change was happening the day this book came out in 1980 but the author doesn’t see beyond his own ‘industrialeality’, that is, the ‘industrial reality’, a clever neologism the author ironically makes up since the author himself doesn’t realize the trap he remains in by describing his third wave with second wave paradigms.

The author doesn’t really provide a succinct label for what his ‘third wave’ should be called. He’ll say it started in 1955 and alludes to it as the ‘age of syntheses’ and at the most the reader gets a fuzzy feeling it can be labeled as a ‘post industrial’ wave. He gives characteristics to what he thinks the fundamental change will bring but as with all movements implicitly labeled ‘post’ one never knows what it is in its own terms one only knows what it is not. (People will say ‘post modernist’, ‘post secular’, and so on, they do that because it makes them feel smart, but I’m always in search for what it is not what it is not, and I should be clear, Toffler doesn’t use the term ‘post-industrial’ within this book, but Wiki tells me he does outside of the book).

I think if I had not started my adult life in 1980 the year this book was published, I would not be as critical of this book as I am. It’s so clear to me that it was books like this that mislead us and distracted us from what was going on in the world (particularly America). There was fundamental change going on then and it is effecting what is going on today.

The author really sees the world from a privileged perspective. He makes a point that he worked in the steel mills in order to observe workers in their natural habitat and better understand them. More power to him, but I did time in the steel mills in order to survive. There will always be a difference between observing and surviving. I’m reminded of a book I recently read and particularly hate ‘Lean In’ by Sandberg, her experiences never got at the fact that for most of us, survival is more important to us then if Mark Zuckerberg should be our mentor or should it be Larry Summers.

Toffler sees truths from his privileged position. Take his statement: ‘people want community, structure and meaning’. Those are the standards Toffler uses to heuristically describe his third wave world and what should be. 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. Toffler in this book is essentially supporting the dumbest statement ever made ‘I don’t see color (or diversity, or sexual identity), since I am color blind’. 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. This book is a both sides are to blame extreme centrist’s wet dream.

He ultimately falls in to the identity trap where the only real identity is the identity of the great melting pot in the sky and any identity that doesn’t fit that social imprint then it must be socially aberrant. For a perfect example of a vile defense of that kind of thought see ‘Identity’ by Fukuyama or another just as tone deaf tome ‘Enlightenment Now’ by Pinker.

Even when this book is considered in the standards of 1980s realities, the author really excessively dismisses people of color, gays, women, or identity beyond the author’s own mythical privileged class (try to live life where you don’t have the luxury of observing steel workers and where you have to be a steel worker and carry the identity you were given at birth when it does not necessarily conform to the norms of the community, there is a difference between the realities of the two groups. One reeks of privilege and privileges. 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. He tells us how the nuclear family is changing, women are being empowered and so on (while ignoring or dismissing people of color), but all those things were obvious in 1980. He gets it wrong on gay rights and treating them as humans, and he is really oblique on people of color and their identity and thinks religion will be the refuge for the disruptions to come (using my 2019 hindsight, he is definitely wrong. The fastest growing religion is ‘none of the above’). The nation state didn’t dissolve, nor did the banks get more local or more in touch, newspapers did not become dominated by local papers and so on, he gets all that wrong and that is what his real major futuristic theme under the umbrella of the ‘age of syntheses’ is trying to get at.

There’s a book written in 1981 right after this book was originally published. It was called ‘Critique of the Everyday Life, Volume III’, by Levebvre. It’s a Marxist look at the world, but he actually did a better job of understanding what was going on in the world in 1980 and what it meant for the future than this book did. Levebvre was able to connect the dots and saw beyond the paradigm of the moment and gives a better feel for what was going to happen and realizes that there are multiple valid other identities for each person in the everyday life and that data and computers were going to change everything including how we should think about the world. (Though in the end Levebvre is not happy about what he thinks will happen, while Toffler tends to welcome the future).
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322 reviews7 followers
February 21, 2008
Although it was published in 1980 before home computers, e-mail, and the internet, Mr. Toffler helps make sense of the transitions we faced moving from the First Wave (Agricultural Age) to the Second Wave (Industrial Age) and now as we move into the Third Wave (Information Age). He covers topics as broad as technology, politics and gender roles and how each of these is impacted by the Third Wave.

There are entire chapters that I disagree with, such as reasons given for the disintegration of the nuclear family, but it is otherwise interesting and insightful, for a book written almost 30 years ago.
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57 reviews41 followers
September 18, 2020
It took me 13 years to read this book. Was worth it. Toffler is an amazing synthesiser who brings together different ideas from disciples to create a syncretic whole! Written in 1980, the book misses out on the biggest of all third wave technologies- The Internet. Yet, the book is amazingly perceptive, insightful and far sighted. A veritable Magnum Opus!
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January 25, 2018
نویسنده سال‌ها پیش نشانه‌هایی را از آمدن آینده می‌دیده که می‌شود گفت هنوز هم دیده می‌شوند و آمدن آینده را مژده می‌دهند. کتاب قرار است روندها و تغییرات حال را پی بگیرد و آینده را پیش‌بینی کند. می‌شود گفت همین کار را انجام می‌دهد، ولی خب نه چندان متهورانه. یعنی بهتر از آنکه تصویر آینده را بکشد، حال را تحلیل می‌کند.

موج سوم که در واقع مجموعه‌ای عظیم از تغییرات تدریجی است، زمانی دیده می‌شود که از بالا، بسیار بالا نگاه کنیم. یعنی شاید واحد زمان دهه باشد و تازه زمین و زمان سرعت گرفته‌اند که این‌طور شده است؛ یعنی موج دوم تغییرات را باید با واحد زمانی صده دید. این‌طور از بالا نگاه کردن به نظرم روی زندگی فردی آدم می‌تواند موثر باشد. مثلا نویسنده فکر می‌کند که ساختار سیاسی همه کشورهای جهان برای حال و آینده ناکارآمد است و فرقی نمی‌کند کدام گروه سرکار باشد. این ساختار توان گرفتن تصمیم‌های لازم را ندارد.

کتاب، حرف‌های یک بزرگ‌تر است که متاسفانه زیاد تکرار می‌کند. کاش شنیدنی و صمیمی بود. کاش قصه آینده بود.
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686 reviews94 followers
November 15, 2015
Несмотря на то что книга довольно старая (первое издание 1981 г.), тем не менее в ней автором замечены множество тенденций и признаков эволюционных изменений человечества.

Да, многие моменты, замеченные автором сейчас не совсем корректны, некоторые не оправдали себя в предсказаниях Тоффлера, с некоторыми не согласен и готов много спорить, но что я должен признать, так это то что с подавляющим большинством аргументов я очень таки согласен.

Если вам интересно знать каким день будет завтра и тенденции изменения мира не забудьте подготовиться к ним заранее прочитав данную книгу.
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August 25, 2010
I read this book in 1983 just by accident and it is THE greatest book that I have ever read. How close was Toffler in understanding history in such a grand sweep.
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January 20, 2012
از نگاه تافلر سه موج به ساحل زندگی بشر برخورد کرده. هر موج بر سر موج قبلی کوبیده میشه و همه پارادایم ها و اصول قبلی رو به هم میریزه
کتاب ارزشمندیه و خوندنش یه باید
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June 29, 2008
Again, a book written some time ago (24 years), so how does it stand up?

In one section, Toffler speaks of how the customer "will become so integrated into the production process that we find it . . . difficult to tell . . . who is the producer." So many Internet niche marketers (today’s most popular and fastest growing business model) would read this and agree. It's fascinating to see such precision in understanding a device some 20 years ago that itself is only 10 years old. Today’s customer IS the product—where customers are surveyed and THEN the product is produced.

Key insights:

(1) Companies needing to take on full responsibility for the consequences of their actions on society and the environment;

(2) Companies becoming much more important social institutions of change;

(3) Information moving to the center of major decisions;

(4) Government spreading its influence so that business and politics become inextricably entwined; and

(5) Institutional ethics coming to more closely reflect social ethics.

Once again, with the proliferation of companies taking their selling to the people through "ethically enhanced" business models, or the more modern version of multi-level marketing companies, it is fascinating to see how Toffler's predictions have come to light. Information is king today, and due to the Internet and it's almost instant and far reaching access to the public, it is difficult if not impossible to perform poorly without thousands if not millions soon being aware of a companies gross mistreatment of customers. So we can see how right on Toffler is.

If you haven't read Toffler, then it's required reading for those who aren't aware of trends, and as this world moves toward light speed changes, it is essential if not vital reading for all.
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July 20, 2021
2019, still a great read!
Reading this book should be mandatory for students, researchers, anyone interested in history. The knowledge it imparts is impressive, in keeping multidimensional perspectives on well, almost everything. It is for every person to read, students, teachers, sales people, IT people, doctors and so on.
The amount of research and information it presents is awe-inspiring, as far as technology is concerned, as well as family life, communications, politics. Topics I've seldom discussed in school, like standardisation and specialization, synchronisation, maximisation, centralization are re-assessed and put into perspective. On top of it all, he mentions the impact of electronics and computers, the space industry and more or less predictable shifts that take/took place in our societies.

Toffler got many of them right and mentioned the upside and downside of the age of imagination. As a young adult it helps me better evaluate generation gaps and challenges.
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March 10, 2009
buku yg sangat mengejutkan... dibuat pada tahun 1980-an jelas, belum datang masanya email, komputer, internet, handphone, ipod, dan ledakan penemuan lainnya yang telah mengubah wajah peradaban. tapi, bak seorang cenayang (Mama Lorentz kalah telak!!) Alvin Toffler, dg jeniusnya meramalkan bagaimana rupa peradaban manusia di masa depan (baca : coz buku ini meramalkan masa depannya puluhan tahun kedepan sesudah buku ini dibuat, artinya masa sekarang)

Well, mirip-mirip bukunya Naisbitt ato Hutingtonton ato Fukuyama lah (dan sederet para cenayang 'ilmiah' lainnya), buku ini tak jauh-jauh dari pembahasan mengenai kemungkinan gejolak ekonomi, politik, sosila, budaya, agama, dan tentu saja, terorisme. tak hanya menakut-nakuti doang, buku ini juga membahas berbagai 'harapan' di masa depan..

well, meski jadul bgt, tp beberapa ide, gagasan, dan isi dari buku ini masih relevan. pokoknya Naisbitt banget lah...

Mambaca buku seperti ini membuat kita berpikir,
Dunia macam apa yang akan kita wariskan pada anak cucu kita?
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August 29, 2018
The book shines in two main aspects .

1. It presents an extremely coherent and simple explanation to every relevant aspect in today's societies , from economics to politics and from arts to technology. It helps the reader to understand why things are the way they are.

2. It also relies heavily on a future oriented language , which would have been a perfect recipe for anachronism and falsity, but surprisingly enough , many of the book's predictions actually end up happening , with many others that are whether happening right now or are about to become true (like the genetic industry or the electronic environment)
Depending on what you already believe or know , you may end up agreeing or not and to a certain degree in any direction to many of the book's ideas and implications. Regardless of that I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone, at the very least it will give you a different perspective on things .
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76 reviews5 followers
March 9, 2019
کتابی استراتژیک و بسیار جالب برای افراد علاقه مند به نگاه عمیق. دید خیلی خوبی برای نگاه به مسائل جامعه به آدم میده. هرچند کتاب قدیمیه ولی مطالبش آنقدر جان دار هست که تازه به نظر میاد.
البته دید غلطی نسبت به مذهب دارد. ولی سعی می کند کاملا منصفانه وقایع را توصیف کند.
در کل جامع نگر و بسیار قابل استفاده است.
Profile Image for khashayar XerXes.
15 reviews35 followers
August 19, 2013
1970...future shock
smthing is gonna change,it will change in the fastest way it could!
here he discuss the effect that the rate may cause,& leave
the tehem of the "change" 4 his next book to discuss!

1980...third wave
he define us the chaneg we r facing or going to face in future decades in details

1990...power shift
this change "third wave" will affect the basics of distribution of the meaning of the "power" in society!
Profile Image for Ryan Holiday.
Author 63 books12.5k followers
July 6, 2012
In the first wave, power came from violence or force. In the second, the Industrial Revolution, power came from wealth. Today, it comes from knowledge. The battle for the future is going to be over information. Unfortunately, the book takes 500 pages to say that.

Toffler's other books are stronger and if short on time, can be read in exchange for The Third Wave. However Alvin does write a particularly touching foreword about his wife who has been his long time writing partner.
Profile Image for Brad Acker.
17 reviews15 followers
May 4, 2010
3 salient waves of major change have greatly transformed civilization: (1) farming (began with invention of agriculture) , (2) factories (the industrial revolution), (3) our electronic information age (characterized by each individual using a personal computer to extend creativity and enhance happiness). As we move from one major wave to another, upheaval can occur.
Profile Image for Sashko Valyus.
193 reviews9 followers
October 1, 2015
Елвін Тоффлер в 1980 році описав як буде жити інформаційне суспульство. Можна судити що він в бішості вгадав по всім статтям. І інтернет-форуми, і 3D-друк, і розвиток екологічних засобів добування енергії, і доступність інформації для усіх і всюди. В принципі те в майбутнє в якому ми живемо. Тільки це майбутнє розповсюджене нерівномірно.
Profile Image for Lujain.
11 reviews
May 27, 2016
Great book for near future Especially in developing countries
Profile Image for M.Reza.
22 reviews
October 26, 2019
فکر می کنم هر ایرانی (بویژه جوانان) باید این کتاب را بخواند ویژگی مهم این کتاب این است که با وجود آکادمیک بودن اما زبان بسیار ساده و روانی دارد به نحویکه مطالعه آن را بسیار ساده و دلنشین می کند
Profile Image for Kenneth Stein.
Author 2 books13 followers
February 20, 2022
The book is interesting, and it would have probably been better to read it when it was published in 1980. Alvin Toffler makes a host of predictions, and many of these have panned out.

The overarching critique of the story is how he repeats clichés about societies and civilizations. For example, religion is listed as the cause of conflicts and resistance to change. One could argue those points, and perhaps he should have made an attempt. “The Third Wave” then was written from a materialist point of view.

Toffler discusses how the framers of our U.S. Constitution did a great job but that our Constitution has outlived its usefulness. A reader can quickly see how this book must have been well-loved among like-minded futurists and think tanks. Indeed, it may have shaped the changes in culture that we have been witnessing.

Toffler predicts the death of the nation-state that will give rise to global governance. That certainly is a dream of many. But how do you deal with the collective loss of identity that would result from the masses giving up their ideologies (politics, religion, traditions, etc.) in the pursuit of a new government? People will not give up their ideology without discomfort and may even offer resistance to maintain their identity; i.e., How do you substitute a new government without conflict? This is something that advocates of globalism should consider.

In the light of the above, the story is entertaining and worth a read.

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