The Age of access - by Jeremy Rifkin[Reading report] by François Bottollier-Depois


The author was part of the "Alternative Management" third year program in HEC in 2012. He also graduated from the Strasbourg Institute of Political Studies, in France, and taught during four years as a Professeur "agrégé" of economics and social sciences.

The Age of access studies the mutations from an industrial capitalism to a cultural one. Economies are more and more virtual, property is replaced by use, markets by networks. This virtualization movement extends to the whole life of any individual: human relations are commoditized, culture becomes monetizable. We have to cope with a “hypercapitalism”that is characterized by an extension of market logics. In the same way that land was commoditized and monetized with the enclosure movement, the market of the access to cultural services leads to a commoditization of the familial, cultural and political spheres of life. The author advocates substantial modifications of the property right, and defends a “right of access” to everybody as well as an extension of the third sector.

Quote article  François Bottollier-Depois, « The Age of access - by Jeremy Rifkin », 25 july 2012, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Reading report]

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