Pocket screws have their place but they ain't fine woodworking.
Or put another way......
Why would you take the time and trouble to build something that looks like it came from Ikea, Walmart, etc?
Because production methods use pocket screws means they have no place in "fine woodworking"? BS.
I have a novel idea....any tool used in any knock down furniture manufacturing, or by hobbyists, should be banished from fine woodworking....like carbide tipped saws, carbide router bits.....or spiral head planers and jointers.
I have made some pretty decent looking furniture and a few grandfather clocks.....probably not in the quality to compare to the really fine items by the true craftsmen...but so what?
If you build a nice piece that you display in your home...do you often turn it over or around to show off your joinery skills?
Maybe....you can point out the book of rules on fine joinery that specifically states what methods craftsmen can use when creating "fine woodworking" projects.
This reminds me of the "old school" types who complain about ICF homes and steel construction....and the defense is that it defies "tradition"....well...only if the tradition is stagnant.
I have some projects to build for Christmas this year....hope I have the time...but anyway, I will make a determined effort to use every innovative means and method I can to a:) build it to last, and b:) build it in a expeditious manner. In other words....pocket screws, biscuit joints, and the labor of love.......might not be as good as the "fine craftsmen" would do....but I bet the recipients of the gifts will not give a damn.