There is mounds of emotion in skating today. Has anyone watched...like..ANY Russian skater? (Ok maybe not Gachinski). Or any chinese pair? Kostner? Phaneuf? Weir? Bradley? MT/M. There's tons of emotion out there. Witt's angle on emotion was distinctly hers because she 'interacted' with the audience more...which is very easy to do when you are not moving...
Random point: Thomas was slow as molasses and so boring to watch. Give me Kadavy any day.
Ok, back to skating. Skating is a sport first and foremost and so CoP was invented to grant more points for athleticism and athletic achievement. PCS is less about performance ability -- that's show skating -- and is more about looking at your program outside of the elements and rewarding your ability in skating skills and moving with difficulty and conviction. Some room for showmanship in the marks but not much. This is why you have some skaters with less showmanship than others win titles.
When I'm around people new to watching skating and they hunger to understand the 'artistic' marks I tell them this "if you are seeing something about the program that is artistic in your mind ask yourself if it's hard to do. Standing in one spot smiling at the audience isn't hard from a skills perspective. Edging around and keeping your feet and body active is hard. So it gets more points, even if it's comparatively boring to you". Then they get it.
So skating has taken some hits in appeal because of CoP, but I support the direction because I personally prefer Olympic Eligible figure skating to be a sport. Just my HO. I'll leave you with two more points.
1. Skaters are painting themselves into a corner artistically. The system isn't doing it. Skaters are scared to try new things. Choreographers complain about it all the time. Look at Stephanie Rosenthal in 2006 US Nats. Where are the skaters who tried more of this and got hammered in marks undeservedly?
2. Before you push to make skating more "artistic" don't forget that's what show skating is all about...and that sh*t's not filling the seats anymore either.