Why is there so much falling in top-level figure skating?

Chris Hartman poses this question.  He favors higher penalties for errors and thus safer routines.  I would think that the optimum (in a lot of other sports, too) has shifted in the other direction.  In the old days, everyone watched on TV and suffered through a lot of error-ridden performances.  The average quality of performance mattered more.  These days the very best performances are reproduced on YouTube and other venues.  That indicates we should seek a higher variance of performance quality, since we can keep and reproduce the very best for most of the relevant viewers.

What sports rule changes does this imply?


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