Critics — Exclusion/Extermination

It’s tough to accept things have gotten this bad, but it’s impossible to deny. The were moments and tiny isolated islands where top-level criticism was respected as a sign of smarts and class. But my experience was that almost always it was considered the most lightweight gig out there — something that, really, anybody could do. The one serious justification is that positive reviews could result in lucrative ads. Now even that is all but vanished.

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