Hack photographers don't know what the hell they are doing so they always resort to blowing the highlights. Good photographers know how to control lighting ratios and never have to blow highlights. It's up to the OP to decide whether to be good or to be a hack.
The problem with treating this post as a "joke" is that Ross is aptly describing working with studio lighting, where controlling the lighting ratio of two or more studio lights is "how it's done" and if you "resort to blowing the highlights" then you are doing something wrong.
The problem, Ross, is that this works in the studio but not in scenarios where you can't control studio lighting! Outdoor scenes where you can't artificially light things and then control the lighting to where something like a bright sky can be "kept down" while your foreground is illuminated by your studio lights, well, these scenes have a higher dynamic range than your camera can naturally "handle". This is where we have to make choices that often mean "sacrificing some highlights".
So, your post, labeling photogs who take such approaches as "hacks", well, it doesn't make a positive contribution, does it?