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The Age of Access: How the Shift from Ownership to Access is Transforming Modern Life (Penguin Business Library) Paperback – 3 May 2001

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (3 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014029547X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140295474
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,217,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

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Format: Paperback
Comprehensive account of globalisation trends. Provides true real-life examples of globalisation as transcendence. The language of the book is exceptionally dynamic, which makes the reader feel all the dangers of inability to control globalising chaos.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 July 2004
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The Age of Access provides a thorough report on the dissonance of traditional culture in a technological sphere at the turn of the century focussing on the derivatives of capitalism from a social and economic perspective. Jeremy discusses the impact of electronic commerce on society, but omits the role of the individual in the formation of culture; he acknowledges the value of ideas and intangible assets, but disputes the commercial power of multinational corporations. The Age of Access takes the blue tack of economics and the red tack of politics and bounds them together to make them undistinguishable from each other by inadvertently encrypting the concept of capitalism and statism. The main flaw of the book is that it feeds on the readers false assumptions of capitalism. The Age of access more subliminally describes how the shift from individual rights to the violation of privacy is transforming modern life. The author does not take into account that a culture does not come up with ideas, individuals do, and that a superficial society that suppresses individualism will naturally deteriorate.
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