I'm going to quote here the best point I've ever seen made about this issue. It was made almost a century ago by none other than Virginia Woolf, who has made more to encourage plurality in art than any contemporary 'cultural critic':
Divisive, conflict-oriented 'cultural criticism' as it is practiced by the gaming media is not only pointless; it leads to the infantilization of society. We can do better than that. We should be doing better than that.All this pitting of sex against sex, of quality against quality; all this claiming of superiority and imputing of inferiority, belong to the private-school stage of human existence where there are 'sides', and it is necessary for one side to beat another side, and of the utmost importance to walk up to a platform and receive from the hands of the Headmaster himself a highly ornamental pot. As people mature they cease to believe in sides or in Headmasters or in highly ornamental pots.