Re: the music industry: victim of the profit motive?
I don't think there's any lack of talent or good music our there. It all depends on where you source it from. My likes-to-dislikes ratio is the same as it was 10, 20, 30 and 40+ years ago.
If anyone can be blamed for the profileration of "uninspired, catchy tunes that continually sound the same" it's the youth that buys it, and that responds in-kind by reproducing said music for their peers and the next generation.
How different is it than the Beatles and other pop/rock groups in the sixties, where jazz, big band, crooner, and country lovers said basically the same thing about 'that' music?
In hindsight, we realize how indeed wonderful and timeless so much of it remains. Perhaps in 30 years, dance and rap and teen pop will viewed with the same nostalgia.