Like when germ theory replaced miasma theory, the intuition was right, the deeper cause was hidden. It is in the environment, just not the way miasma theorists thought it was. New technology made it visible, the microscope.
Likewise, low engagement, low creativity, and higher returns from automation are all signs, correctly interpreted, of a deeper, hidden problem. Like bugs–the hidden germs and the “undocumented features” in software–the hidden agreements are there too. These bugs embedded in the social soup, like germ-bugs and software-bugs, can be exposed, understood, and chosen.
The intuition about what to do is relatively right, the understanding of what drives it is being updated. The bugs are no longer hidden, with the right technology. The bugs in our agreements no longer need to be hidden either. We have the technology to see them, and to choose our relationship to them.