Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
You're missing my point -- if rock music becomes something that the average listener has to actively seek out (as opposed to it being "spoonfed," to use your term), it's going to regress into a completely niche state (like contemporary Jazz, for example).
The entire industry suffers at that point, IMO.
I personally don't think rock will ever by "niche" so to speak. Rock (loosely defined) as a musical form is inherently more palatable than Jazz (loosely defined). But I do certainly agree that "good" rock (what I being a music snob classify as good) as opposed to the crap that passes for rock most of the time on corporate pay-for-play radio has certainly become niche. Only rarely do we start to see it blink above the surface into mainstream consciousness (think Arcade Fire with The Suburbs
or Mumford and Sons) usually through some sort of soundtrack on T.V. or award in the rare instance the Grammy's get it right. In short, I do also lament what has happened, but I'm at least happy that I can still find good music. I try to do my own bit by playing good music before class and then posting the song info to my course facebook page in case they heard something they liked.