Can’t argue with either of those points. I spend my days trying to undo the Prussian Model industrial education that arose in response to those 1840s technological changes. We have a few wins, but it’s a battle.
Even our best impulses — democratized media, letting people vote — are often undone by our idiocy. We got into the Mexican War with little mass media, but fifty years later we got into the Spanish American War and blamed it on mass media.
So… I sure don’t know