Re: Could the tide be changing?
The entertainment industry has always valued looks and image as much as talent. It's just how show business works. You may not be able to find all the best artists through mainstream outlets, but they can still be found if you're looking for them.
I guess I view this as the ever-present dichotomy between what sells to the masses and what people who are really serious about an art form want to buy. I don't see that gap narrowing any time soon.