In the last few decades, the explosive advance of technology has eroded distance to the point of insignificance. Ballistic missiles cross oceans in minutes; financial transactions leap continents in seconds. Television brings desert war into American family rooms, along with famine in Africa, assassination in India, and confrontation in Moscow and Beijing. Radio reports the Nikkei average and the Dow Jones, the price of gold in London and of pork bellies in Chicago. Muscovites line up at McDonald's; Nebraskans drive Hyundais. People worry about environmental hazards, not just from local waste dumps, but from the burning of tropical forests, oil spills, or nuclear explosions in distant parts of the globe. Whether they like it or not-- and many do not--Americans find themselves intimately and continuously entangled with the rest of the world.
The shrinking of the world is not reversible. We have to learn