Movies & music, yes, since about the late 1990s. Theater (the non-Broadway “Smash Hits”) and visual arts not as much. I’ll take his word about it in fiction.

Also, what about blogs? Arguably they have taken over the spot once held by protest songs and socially conscious short stories; but blogs aren’t art per se. Actually maybe the internet with its instant communication is doing the heavy lifting of protest work, but again not as art necessarily?

Maybe protest and socially conscious, slice-of-the-bad-life art is obsolete? I mean no one really needs to write a song about the Ferguson shooting, we all know exactly what happened and what larger picture it draws. Bob Dylan need not sing about it, right? And if he did he’d probably be criticized as an opportunist taking advantage of the situation in a “too soon” way.