The Rise of the Rest

While American anxiety and parochialism is being played out in Iraq, Afghanistan and in the race to the White House, real power in the world has shifted. Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, calls it the end of anti-Americanism and the beginning of post-Americanism. He calls it “the rise of the rest,” the greatest power shift in more than 100 years that has seen new consumer and political societies emerge from what we used to call the “Third World.” How the major institutions in our society — including the media — react to this may determine whether we thrive or miss the boat.