BobT writes in the comments:
“Instead, their gripe is deracination, the degeneration and erosion of their culture, the absence of restraint, the loss of its identity, cohesion and vitality and their demographic replacement by immigrants.”
Dissidents like this aren’t going to gain any traction for one simple reason: Everyone is hopelessly addicted to their phones 24-7, desperate for their next hit of social media dopamine. It’s like you woke up in a world where everyone had a parasitic octopus glued to their face. Or a world where everyone was a rat, incessantly pressing a button hooked up to electrically jolt the brain’s pleasure centers. Talking about a “revolt” or “social transformation” by those people is comical. All political debates are driven and controlled to feed the global octopus parasite system. We are controlled for its purposes, not the other way around. The real revolution is when people put down the phone. But that’s never going to happen in a million years. It’s just nostalgia to think there’ll be some new development outside the constraints of the global media addiction regime. There’s no going back. Even the “rebels” are focused on things like nationalizing social media which would just intensify the addiction cycle. If the octopi are not at the very core of your thinking about what people are going to become, you’re thinking about the past, not the future.”
I think you are wrong.
Each major turning is actually closely associated with a new communications technology that disseminates a new cultural ideal that spills over into the real world.
Reformation – This is an easy one. Printing.
Enlightenment – This is also an easy one. The “Republic of Letters” was the Enlightenment vanguard. Enlightenment ideas spread through the development of newspapers, regular mail service, novels and its own signature medium, the encyclopedia, which was new at the time.
Romanticism – This another easy one. The 19th century novel.
Modernism – The easiest one of them all. Film, radio and television.
Are people too transfixed by their smartphones to engage in revolutions? Obviously not. The same was said about radio, film and television which were even mesmerizing mediums.