According to the internet revolution is an act of overthrowing the currently effective rule. The word itself, implies that the circle is completed, which is rather returning back to the initial state than initializing a new state.
I've been informed that the current meaning of revolution (i.e. out with old, in with new) originates in the French revolution of 1789.
While I can accept the above, I'm curious why the concurrent philosophers chose such an, in retrospective, misleading and poorly corresponding nomenclature.