I disagree that most of these are good cards, and several of them I’d say are current in name only. In the latter category, Clones and Freedom don’t really function as currents, they function as a card you play just before you score/steal an agenda in order to get another point. There’s no interesting ongoing effect there. Same with Interdiction; it’s more of a card you play just before running the remote to keep scoring upgrades from being rezzed. After that, the corp just rezzes shit on their own turn and now it’s not really doing a thing.
Another Day, Another Paycheck doesn’t see play in the cast majority of Sunny decks that have done well, arguably because by the time it makes a good payout for you, you’re already swimming in your drip credits because you’re already set up. If you play it early, it’s just a bad economy card.
Targeted Marketing I’d say is actually kinda okay, actually, and I’ll concede that. That being said, it really only got play in decks that were also running News Hound in order to turn on the ICE, and I almost never saw it un-paired with the 'Hound.
System Seizure is interesting, but I’ve still never seen it get played. This might be because there’s just better runner currents, but I’ve also seen plenty of current-less Shaper decks playing Dean Lister and not Seizure. I think that overall it’s too situational for most decks to want it.
System Outage has never been played in the history of Netrunner, at least in front of me.
Housekeeping is expensive and never sees play, despite it seeming like a really cruel card. This is usually because it’s only really impactful in the beginning of the game, and to consistently get it early game you want to be running 3, but then you have a couple pseudo-dead cards in your deck, so I never see it.
Paywall Implementation only gets put in Gagarin decks as a counter current, and when no one is running currents, no one runs Paywall. Other than that I never see it.
Death and Taxes, in the absence of Scarcity, is too expensive for me to want to run, and only makes a good amount of money in the most extreme scenarios. And again, it’s like Housekeeping, where you want it early enough to see it, but then the rest of the cards suck when you draw them. And then what the hell is Weyland going to do with the money? And I say this as the biggest Weyland fanboy on earth.
Corporate Scandal has never been in a deck that has done anything, even in the days of Blackmail.
Enforced Curfew is actually cool, and has a good place in the decks that want it. Good on you, Curfew.
Media Blitz doesn’t really see play, but in the decks that it has (strictly t2 decks and lower, but still) it does something unique and cool, so I’m fine with this one, because it actually does something that has impact, despite the fact that it’s expensive to play.
Overall, that’s 3 currents that I think are playable in certain situations, and only a couple of them have ever been seen in decent decks. Also, all of these are Corp cards, and I’d say that no middle ground runner currents exist. So while there are still a couple good, decently balanced currents, I’ll hold my stance that currents are, by and large, cards that lack a middle ground almost by definition.