The author analyses the arguments presented by Alvin Toffler for his thesis that scientific and technological development leads to a fundamental change of the way power is exercised. He argues that these arguments are weak and most of them are simply false. For example, there is no evidence of 'de-materialization' of production (the use of materials by developed countries is slowly increasing) or 'de-massification' of society. The popularity of 'post-industrial' views presented by Toffler seems to be an interesting symptom of cognitive helplessness of society toward technological change. At the end of article the author points out main reasons why Toffler's views contribute to legitimisation of capitalism and hegemony of the United States.
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