Communications tech has definitely changed a lot. But I'd suggest you take a brief step back to really ask yourself if it's changed for the worse. Something being easier to achieve doesn't mean it's a bad thing. "In my day ..." we had to trudge to the library, look things up in the card catalog, and make copies of pages for ten cents each. Now there is so much information available online. Is that an inherently bad thing? Of course not.
Maybe there are artists and performers that have a better shot of reaching an audience now and it's not all about connections, or something.
Although I do admit liking some Kanye songs. They're great to dance to.