This is a crucial difference we have not given enough thought to.
What we now refer to as Industrialization – resulted in the explosive growth of the Railroads and Manufacturing. We ended up serving these industries, and killing millions of people – in the Civil War, WWI, the Depression, and WWII ( with its Holocaust).
We now live in the Information Economy – where the killing is different, but even more devastating – everything (and not just people) is being destroyed.
The reason for this is simple – Information is part of everything, and when information is exploited, the world goes straight to Hell – a Hell Dante could not have imagined.