There is nothing wrong with being good at your craft or with competing to see who can get the least grain, most detail, best bokeh, shortest DOF, or whatever. These qualities/characteristics give the participants in the contest something to measure.
It may be fun but so what?
Did this shot http://www.flickr.com/photos/41912957@N00/3669784620 get the idea across?
This one? http://www.flickr.com/photos/41912957@N00/6752152721
Do we need more detail or less grain to have these shots "work"?
If these were printed big and viewed at a reasonable distance would they still work?
Would leaning in, to within a few inches of these, improve the aesthetic experience or our understanding of what the photo was meant to portray?
HCB's and Elliot Erwitt's works would be other good examples here.
With these we'd probably still "get it" and might even enjoy them, if they were on newsprint.