like anything else, the fact that we know how the real world works is not a reason to be pleased with it.
of course mistakes, bribes, and all forms of pressure are at play to mess with what should be. if it works on passing laws and picking the most powerful men on earth, there is no doubt it will also come to science. even more so when money is involved, and money is always involved.
but that's a different problem IMO. the main plague in audio is from everybody talking all day long about how they know stuff when they clearly don't. a little like I think I know it all at 1AM dead drunk in a pub talking about changing the world with a total stranger. "all the poor people who don't have water in their villages, we should send them beer!!!! that would save them I say!!!!" and all the super clever stuff one can come up with at those times.
but then when talking to most random guys, they would say to me:
now in audio somehow it's like 99% of the people you talk to are just as drunk as you are all day long, and they all have have their own "very unique" understanding of ... well everything. they all think they've ******* discovered how to make sound better on their own because they listened to more than 1 piece of equipment. but somehow no manufacturer could have a clue about it...
it's a 365days per year oktoberfest where you struggle to find one guy who can still apply simple logic.
and as you would suspect, most of them believe they're not drunk, else it's no fun.