The article itself reminds me of a refrain from Lard's The Power of Lard:
*The country right now
It wants to be soothed
And told it doesn't have to pay
Or sacrifice or learn*
It's my suspicion that most of the public just want to be distracted, rather than challenged (and they have enough challenges to deal with in the day, thank you very much.) Hollywood, that bloated, doddering ouroboros, is just defecating the art that people want, or are told that they want, I'm not sure which.