Today, mainstream music is soulless and barely close to what was once considered "music". Bands/musicians that broke the mould and opened the gates for newer bands that took it to the next level are no longer revered. Now, it's all about being an "Idol" or having the "X Factor". It's all about image, auto tune, and attention-whoring scandals that have nothing to do with talent.
Now, don't get me wrong...there are surely many good guitarists out there today. Unfortunately, unless they look "sellable" and are willing to compromise themselves in pretty much every way, they'll remain underground; waiting to be discovered by those who are willing to dig deep enough. At least we have the internet. Musicians can take more control of getting themselves out there than a couple of decades ago.
I was pretty hopeful that music would start the turnaround back to what it was before the onset of 2010....based on the Jenny Theory: What Jenny hears today, she'll play in 10 years. I figured the whole '80s thing would die down and we'd start hearing some of what we saw in the '90s....which isn't necessarily comparable to the '50s, (or even pre-'50s...Son House, Robert Johnson, and Huddie Ledbetter, anyone?) '60s, '70s, and parts of the ‘80s (that weren't seemingly based on a dare), but still amazing in its own right. Sadly, I think that until the record companies and “Got Talent” culture finally fizzle out completely, we’re going to be stuck with the same vapid shit we've been subjected to for at least the past 15 years.