Does the X factor have a place?
Well, the divide between "pop" and "rock" has always been there. In the 80s it was nick kershaw and banarama or whoever was "manufactured" in the 60s many of the motown artists were in essence manufactured with a team of producers and songwriters working for them. (Although ofcourse arguably with better voices and talent). Simon Cowell would argue that its his programmes that keep Sony Music afloat and allow the company to invest in unknown rock talent.
I think the danger lies in anything that becomes directly or indirectly a monopoly. In short the two "manufactued pop" and what you and I might term real muisc have always co existed. I think the only fear people have is that its becoming less a co existence and more one form of music all of the time
. If people are exposed to one type of music for the majority of the time they arguable beome a climatised to it.
Music is ultimately about emotion for me. The 11 yr old boy/girl has as much right to jump aorund her bedroom to Kylie as we do to put on a Nick Dfrake record and rest for a while. Ofcourse some music is just more technical, more proficient and more cleverely written. That really is just fact. Its harder to play Nick Drake's tabs than to play a g c d chord pop song.
I think the nature of the world is that things change, nothing is static. Look at the sudden change Grunge had on the music scene in the early 90s. Whether we see that again is hard to say though...
I hope some of these musings are of interest.