Opinion: The Disease of the Future

In the jet age of fast mass travel, the idea of culture shock is familiar enough. Visitors to strange lands often find themselves psychologically off balance when they encounter unfamiliar foods, languages and customs. In one extreme case, a girl Peace Corps volunteer arrived on an island in the Far East and within hours found herself unable to breathe, eat or drink; she was shipped right back home. Yet culture shock is mild by comparison with what Alvin Toffler, a scholar and former FORTUNE editor, identifies in a striking new book (Random...

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