I'd argue that isn't necessarily true. With the advent of garage band and autotune things that weren't considered music once, have now become acceptable (look at the rise of dubstep and such. That music wasn't possible) and have lowered live performance standards. Now DJ's give live performances. And there's nothing wrong with that in my opinion, but it does mean that, if a "live" performance can be one guy at a mixing board, then a singer or band isn't held to as high a standard anymore. Plus, the advent of internet and faster means for communication, the silly stuff that people used to just goof off to in their room can be shared without ever being seen live. And people like it.
Like I said, there's nothing wrong with all of this, it just means that the traditional standards of skill and live performance are no longer as high, or rather, they are different. Not denying that there was crap "back then" too, but of course, it wasn't easily accessible by ever person on the web.
First, I'd like to point out that using a DAW to create electronica is nowhere NEAR as easy as most people would believe. The learning curve is much steeper than learning a "real" instrument (play a bit of the clarinet and flute myself), and while that learning curve does level off, it's still no walk in the park.
Second, I'd like to point out that while electronica certainly wasn't viable in the 60's, if it had existed it still would have been viewed as music (even if no one liked it). None of this lowers the standards that live bands are held to. Most people still assume that learning physical instruments is harder than using a DAW, so they're still definitely held to higher standards in that regard.
Lastly, I want to point out that the song "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies charted at #1 in the US for four weeks in 1969. This is quite possibly the epitome of bubble gum pop at it's worst. Sure, it's catchy and it can get stuck in your head for hours, but the same can be said for the Justin Biebers of the world.
The internet certainly does make it easier for any idiot with a microphone to record music and distribute it, but most of this is by and large ignored. It's also helped immensely with the distribution of high quality recordings from people who simply would not have been able to distribute their music in any other format. No matter the era, there's always going to be ****ty media in all forms. You have to wade through the crap to find the good stuff, but with the internet there are a lot more hidden gems to find.
With all that out of the way, I've got another reaction to my HE-400's to report. A while back I was telling my co-worker about my new headphones, and he started asking me about them. He asked me what brand they were, and when I told him they were HiFiMan headphones, he said he'd heard of them (although I'm pretty sure that was just BS - he's pretty full of the stuff). He did seem genuinely interested in them, though, so I decided to bring them in to work one day when we weren't busy.
Had him listen to "Spectres de Mouse" by Mouse on the Keys using my ipod as a source and he just completely zoned out for the entire song. I'm pretty sure that's the longest I've ever seen him keep his mouth shut. After the song finished, he just asked me, "can I listen to something on my phone?" I laughed pretty quickly and told him to go right ahead. After a song or two he took them off and told me that he'd never heard anything better and that they were, "a lot better than beats," but he didn't wanna spend $300 on headphones. I told him that there were other options that also sound a lot better than beats for much less and to let me know if he was interested. Might have a new convert.
If he does further inquire, I'll be sure to chant, "One of us! One of us!" to him as creepily as possible for you fine folks. ;)