He's been called the postmodern Chicken Licken, but it so happens that the sky really is falling down. Jeremy Rifkin pulls the plug on the trend away from property ownership and free public life in The Age of Access
. As usual, he's a bit ahead of the curve--most of us aren't yet fully immersed in the sea of leased products and packaged experiences that he sees awaiting us. Still, his eerie visions of a world of gatekeepers paying each other for access to nearly every aspect of human life brings a chilling new meaning to the phrase "pay to play" and should spark some debate over our new cultural revolution. Using examples from business and government experiments with just-in-time access to goods and services and resource sharing, Rifkin defines a new society of renters too busy breaking the shackles of material possessions to mourn the passing of public property. Are we encouraging alienation or participation? Can we trust corporations with stewardship of our social lives? True to form, the author asks more questions than he answers--a sign of an open mind. If property is theft, leased access is extortion, and The Age of Access
warns us of the complex changes coming in our relationships with our homes, our communities, and our world. --Rob Lightner
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About the Author
An internationally renowned social critic, Jeremy Rifkin is the best-selling author of The End of Work and The Biotech Century, both of which have been translated into fifteen languages. Rifkin is a fellow at the Wharton School Executive Education Program, where he lectures on new trends in science and technology and their impacts on the global economy, society and the environment for CEOs around the world. He is president of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington D.C.