Social humans produce communications which are the best and most valuable of their products. In establishing contact [with others] and disseminating information, humans are indebted to communications for their procedural evolution and transformation ever since their creation \u2013 from the time humans were engaged in a struggle with nature for survival on earth to date when they have turned into well-established citizens who are key players in global interactions.\r\n\r\nJahan-e Sanat daily on May 18 published an opinion piece by Kamalledin Hadiyan, a university lecturer, on the Information Age and the impact of communications on the social life of humans. The following is the translation of the piece:\r\n\r\nThe history of social development shows that the formation of different ages and periods is the fruit of a golden moment which paves the way for the dissemination of information and the subsequent use of such information on a massive scale.\r\n\r\nThe creation of textual or written information, the invention of the printing press [in the past] and broad access [at present] to digital equipment which help produce, keep and disseminate information have each been the origin of transition from a traditional community to a modern society. They have also been the reason behind the presence of humans in the capacity of global citizens in a modern society which is also known as information society.\r\n\r\nDevelopment and foundation-laying are inherent parts of communications. The advances made in communications have produced democracy which is one of the long-held dreams of humans. One can argue that choosing effective modern communications technologies can be a shortcut \u2013 a shorter, more cost-effective and accessible way \u2013 for developing nations to transition into rich, developed societies.\r\n\r\nIt seemed hard to believe [the effectiveness of such a shortcut] when Alvin Toffler [an American writer and futurist, known for his works discussing the digital revolution, communication revolution and technological singularity] sounded alarm bells in his book The Third Wave about the effects of modern technologies and the experience of growing environmental and human changes. However, it [the shortcut] is viewed today as a certainty.\r\n\r\nTolerance and uncritical acceptance [of opposing views] is the result of using modern communications technologies. This process has helped citizens improve their lives, get engaged in international, social discourse and actively and knowingly participate [in social affairs], and it will gradually take the place of the dominant power discourse.\r\n\r\nThe [same] process will see the international life [of people or nations] \u2013 irrespective of their race, ethnicity, gender, etc. \u2013 become full of security and unity for everybody, everywhere. The pace and content of the change which takes place as a result of spreading communications is so high that ignoring the way changes \u2013 those which are in contrast with the nations\u2019 independent national and social identity \u2013 are managed will cause serious harms to the fabric of national societies and will foil efforts which aim to materialize international social convergence.\r\n\r\nAdoption of divergent stances on communications developments and failure to approve of moderate and logical attitudes toward creating fitting conditions for citizens \u2013 to have free and broad access to communications technologies \u2013 will widen the gap between the train of social communications developments [which is traveling forward at full blast] and nations.\r\n\r\nThe impacts of such attitudes can be seen in the absence of independent social identities \u2013 an effective way to counter alienation and estrangement from [the nations\u2019] origin \u2013 and in the metamorphosis of the national and religious identity [of nations] into the culture of the invading country.\r\n\r\nEfforts to prepare the ground for people\u2019s free and unfettered access to the communications information and technologies, to guarantee the freedom [to access such information and technologies], to make communications technologies operational and to include them in all social aspects of citizens\u2019 daily lives will greatly help them grow and enables them to enjoy even more capabilities.\r\n\r\nIn such a society, efforts to decrease conflicts and avoid confrontation go hand in hand with what is done to bring about peaceful coexistence and transformation in national-international societies. From this perspective, marking World Telecommunications Day and remembering and praising the matchless effects of communications amount to hailing human and civic rights at the information age.\r\nIn The Third Wave, Toffler describes three types of societies, based on the concept of "waves"\u2014each wave pushes the older societies and cultures aside. First Wave is the society after agrarian revolution and replaced the first hunter-gatherer cultures. Second Wave is the society during the Industrial Revolution, and Third Wave is the post-industrial society.