We so often wonder why so many artists are paupers and ignored in their time and then elevated in the centuries following their death. I think it's generally because in their time they are viewed as hipster doofuses by culturally normative views.
Sure, maybe. Taking into account that about 90% of everything is crap, even if I think everything is terrible I'll still be right almost all of the time. Perhaps social rejection is the acid that washes away the crud and leaves the gems? But even so, my harsh comments are not directed at the artists, who after all, are the ones putting themselves out there, but the critics and consumers, who (in my view) are so often willingly manipulated and use the artists mainly as props in their own personal theater of self-validation. Maybe I'm unusual, but I'd actually rather hear somebody say they hated something I created, and give a well-thought reason, than to say that they love it because it vaguely assuages their sense of superiority to be a kind of person who would love it.