Re: the music industry: victim of the profit motive?
Where there's economic rationalism there is soullessness. Very little love or passion.
Top 40, TV, production line art, food, literature ... all the joys of life reduced to 2D ciphers of what they could be. There's always been this cynical element around but my impression is that it's either increasing as a proportion of total output or there's a greater concentration of it at the forefront of the media. Probably both.
Thank Deity for the web. Great music can be easily found - just a web search away.