For as long as I've been sentient, or relatively so, I've been able to divide the world into roughly two camps. The "that will change everything-s" and the "human nature is persistent and invariable-s."
I came of age during the Vietnam war--the Vietnam debacle. A war that killed 60,000 Americans and millions of Vietnamese. A war that lasted about 25 years. When America abandoned its so-called mission there--when America turned and ran, there were huge swaths of people who said we would learn from our many mistakes. Yet, now we are ending another futile twenty-years' war that achieved no discernible aim and cost us trillions.
Another March of Folly.
Likewise, when the internet came into being, the that will change everything-s became ascendant. Human behavior ingrained in our DNA not unlike the "flight or fight" instinct would be abrogated thanks pop-up ads. All at once people, we were told, would lean-in, interact, and enjoy advertising, which would somehow become indistinguishable from the shows we were watching.
The internet, like Google+, Snapchat, AOL messenger and dozens of other dimwitted dirigibles would forever alter the world in ways, say, the Communist revolution or the Irish potato blight wasn't able to. This will change everything was the refrain.
Everything that ever worked in the past was declared dead. A new world odor was upon us.
Of late there have been a spate of articles, there are two below, about how workers, millennials and slavatars are leaving the workforce rather than having to return to the office.