You aren’t entitled to a single reader. You aren’t entitled to a single customer, viewer, audience member or anything else. As a creative, you are doing creative work in the hope that people will consume it.
In a world where attention is a precious commodity, you don’t demand. You create value and you trade it for people giving a shit.
In regard to the institutions you felt sure would uphold the values you believed to be immutable — two key factors have changed. First, the institutions have crumbled. Second, the values are no longer valued.