By Isaac Rutenberg**
For generations, “culture” was a relatively static concept; culture was so static, in fact, that “culture” and “life” were essentially indistinguishable.
For generations, people lived as their parents and grandparents had lived. Major shifts in society, and corresponding shifts in culture, were separated by large amounts of time.
The development of the steam engine was perhaps the most important and revolutionary event in society and culture, causing a shift more comprehensive even than the agrarian revolution.