"It's daunting to be surrounded by ten thousand people who all want the same thing: the adoration of readers. Especially given the dwindling audience for poetry and literary fiction and nonfiction. People wind up feeling powerless, which leads them to seek the cheapest available form of power: the power to judge."
Steve Almond, "The Problem of Entitlement"
Almond's approach with his students is largely the same as one I've taken lately when commenting on "forums of popular opinion". Picking battles, dodging and weaving rather than throwing punches. Judo rather than Boot to the Head.