A standing ovation please for Age columnist Michael Shmith for his column >http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/culture-in-eclipse-at-the-herald-sun-20100514-v4en.html< highlighting disastrous decisions at the Herald Sun. While Shmith, as commentator, and especially critic, can at times be somewhat too cosy with those he is paid to critique, there is no doubt he is right on the money with this commentary. Events at the Hun are yet one more step on the road to impoverishing this country. Sport, trivia and the mundane rule yet again. We are breeding and encouraging a culture that believes talent consists of feeble voices warbling into amplified devices stuck down one’s throat and that fame and fortune is an instant for the superficial and the mediocre. The true arts, where real talent lies, are being totally sidelined.