A reconstitution of the social world due to the diffusion of specific technologies (including cable and satellite television, computers, and the Internet). Toffler suggests the world has been shaped by three waves of technological innovation: the agricultural revolution, the industrial revolution, and the information revolution. The term started to appear from the 1960s in Japan to account for the transformations that began after the Second World War.  

Chandler, Daniel–Munday, Rod (2011): A Dictionary of Media and Communication. Oxford University Press. Oxford. p. 210-211. See the Online Edition