i think part of the problem is that there are purists
and people who want to not be so rigid with the "rules"
the purists insist they are right, and often times they are the only ones who are right
and the no-so purists say they want to play too,
but they are looked upon as being "hacks" or "wannabes"
they don't use a certain type of camera
or process the film in a certain magical concoction, or print
on a special paper, or tone with a special toner, or they don't use some
arcane process, or hold the same photographers in high regard &c ...
people fail to realize that its all photography. too many haters, too many snobs
not enough art ...