Agreed, there is a thread on the state of criticism on this forum that hits similar points, but for me something that’s obvious is that music journalism will never be the fourth estate independent of the scene that it used to be because of a few trends…
one is the general nature of a lack of heavyweight asshole reviewers who will shred bad music apart
two is that reviewers nowadays are often aspiring producers/musicians/promoters/have vested interests in not stepping on toes and impressing people
three is that everyone makes more money (or stays in business) as long as none of these things change
four is that identity politics and political correctness storms routinely banish people from their scenes, creating this weird disconnect of super militant comment policer types (downvotes) and super out there trolls…and before you @ me, yes there are good things about this too re: sexism and general manipulation/creepyness/patriarchical issues
five is that folks like truthtoof, that new member who just signed up who was bashing bwana, vancouver house, and other popularly hyped djs that chooses to go against the grain, gets SHIT on rather than engaged. i was starting to like them, and im really bummed cus i just began to actually comment in those threads.
RIP froobs, djteakoze, relevant advisor, djnathan, etc etc other people i laughed at or learned from