Obviously, dropping out is an integral move in rock criticism — some people exist in an almost permanent state of dropping out — but one thing I’ve long been curious about is, is dropping out particularly unique to rock criticism? Do movie critics and art critics and TV critics and ballet critics and comics critics routinely throw their hands up in the air and declare that they are finished? (Or anyway, express some amount of burnout/dissatisfaction/etc. with the whole enterprise?) I don’t read enough of any other types of criticism to know the answer to this but my guess is that it’s particularly unique, at least as an expected sort of move, to rock criticism. If my premise is correct, why?