This past decade, whatever it ends up being called –my vote is for “the oughts”–has been marked by the continual decline of mainstream rock music.
Despite this, I often get frustrated when people tell me that music “sucks” now. There are thousands of good bands still making music in the spirit of creativity and innovation that is evident when listening to music from, say, the classic rock era.
However, in the modern media environment, exposure to the masses through mainstream formats takes a very specific, specialized sound. At the same time, that mass of people—the mainstream—has increasingly fragmented with the rise of alternative mediums like satellite radio, and most obviously, the internet.