But the good side (of anything really) isn't as interesting as making the bad parts sound so much worse. If you left pageantry "as is" it wouldn't be nearly as sensational.
Kinda like the Ronco commercial where the user has a horribly difficult time cutting an onion with a plain old kitchen knife versus some crazy gadget. People fall for that crap all the time and then go back to using the plain old knife.
It gets overblown.