Good article. I think you have summed up the fallacies of the article "The Rap Against Rockism". Until a student accused of this term, I was aware that such a term exists. I do like a lot of music from the past, but I have tried very hard to consider the popular music in my age(the 80s)and I just can't find anything to like about it. I like a broad spectrum of music and styles, but I find the music that exists and has existed to be pretty empty and bad. It is not that I worship the musicians I love. I am very critical of the laziness of the Stones work post 73 and have criticized Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan for their bad works. But I feel that a lot of music that is popular is only there to make money and has no heart and soul. Many of the musicians of the sixties and other eras had a love of the music and made it for that love. I can hear when I listen to them. I have no doubt that there is some good rap(I find much of it not impressive)and that it is possible to make dance music and use synthesizers for emotional effect(I like The The and New Order)but much of their use is so fake. The one cardinal sin of some popular musicians is the use of lip synching. If you are going to be a pop artist, at least have the dignity to sing your music. Cheers.