Politics in the Third Wave
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 28 Apr 1983, p. 340-350
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Politics in the Third Wave


Examining the direction in which political forces, particularly governments, are heading in the years ahead. The new age of instant and global communications as the most obvious impact on politicians. What that means for the political process. The unsatisfactory marriage of the old and the new. Questions that must be asked in the field of political communications. Changes in the style of campaigning, influence by electronic communications. Undertaking some major activities in Ontario designed to make people, rather than systems, more readily accountable. A description of some of those activities. Adjusting the political process with the changing times, but taking great care. Expectations in the decades ahead in the political world. The speaker's belief that the greatest change in our political society in the next two decades will be "the quiet, insistent demand of the majority for reason and decency." Changes in the "silent majority" and the "patient majority." Other changes directory affecting the world of politics and government, such as the further evolution of the "open government" concept and the "one-window" approach which will become the "one video screen." People's resistance to change. Giving hardware a larger place in our lives while making sure it does not displace human contact. Looking for stability in our political system. The successful politician looking first to the needs of the people. Finding leaders who will bring us the greatest benefits of technology by electing those who put people first.