Let me just slit my throat here...
and, in a moment of doubt, Probably.
"the current generation of journalists be using artists as content in order to create value for themselves"
and, in a moment of hopefulnes, Maybe not all of them?
"If 'content' is the new 'judgement', do writers make use of artists to validate their own career, creating value for themselves by strategic association?"
and, then back to "YES, probably".
I think this a very interesting "rant" and I cannot wait to see what else comes up. Sorry my contribution is a bit whimsical, I'm getting increasingly convinced that verbal and visual communication should keep well apart, but that's another matter! It's just so tempting to join the "rant"!