I am heading off to Uptime Institute and many times I wonder why there are not more open discussions on what goes on in the data center industry. Whoever hold the most amount of influence many times is able to define the rules of the game that the players should follow if they expect to play and make money. The influential are the customers, events, analyst, and vendors with the biggest budgets.
One analogy you could use to explain the lack of critics of the system is the Emperor's New Clothes story.
The emperor walked beneath the beautiful canopy in the procession, and all the people in the street and in their windows said, "Goodness, the emperor's new clothes are incomparable! What a beautiful train on his jacket. What a perfect fit!" No one wanted it to be noticed that he could see nothing, for then it would be said that he was unfit for his position or that he was stupid. None of the emperor's clothes had ever before received such praise.
"But he doesn't have anything on!" said a small child.
"Good Lord, let us hear the voice of an innocent child!" said the father, and whispered to another what the child had said.
"A small child said that he doesn't have anything on!"
Finally everyone was saying, "He doesn't have anything on!"
I don't blame anyone in the system for this behavior it just naturally occurs as no one is going to survive long as a data center critic. The one exception is if a critic has a business model that thrives with change.