Megatrends (Magill Book Reviews)
In 1956-1957, the transition began from an industrial, blue-collar society to an information, clerical, white-collar society. Information is now mass-produced and globally disseminated instantly, yet without selectivity and values.
The second trend is from forced technology to high tech, which balances human response or “high touch” with technology, recognizing that technology cannot solve all problems or do away with the need for responsibility and discipline.
A third trend is the emergence of a global economy replacing national ones. The United States can no longer expect to be the industrial leader but should welcome production sharing and world trade as a contribution to world peace.
Fourth, business management will shift from short-term planning to long-term perspectives, motivated both by concern for the environment and by economic necessity. Banks will have to rethink their function in a world of electronic transfer of funds.
Fifth, America is rapidly decentralizing business, politics, and culture, resulting in a more diverse society, one in which unions, the presidency, and the Congress are obsolete while states and regions are important.
Sixth is the shift from institutional help, provided by government, medical institutions, the school system, and corporations, to self-help through home gardening, hospices, alternative cancer treatment programs, natural childbirth, parental involvement in...
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