I find it astonishing but significant that when people talk about socio-political trends they will mention concepts such as capitalism, free-markets, socialism, the sexual revolution, moral relativism, feminism, antiracism, the counter-culture etc...
But they don't mention the largest, most expanded, most pervasive and intrusive phenomena - bureaucracy and the mass media.
Bureaucracy is everywhere, in every public organisation, and all bureaucracies (supernational, government, private, NGO) are cross-linked into a global web.
Consequently; everything is nowadays run by managers, and being-some-kind-of-a-manager is by far the most prevalent occupation among the middle and upper classes.
As for the mass media (including social media) - well, suffice to say that it is now everywhere and (nearly) all-the-time.
That By Far the two Biggest Facts about modern life get entirely left-out of social analysis is... interesting.