I understand the OP's question. It makes sense, the internet and short attention spans of our modern life have created this situation. We always want it newer and "nower."
Every mom with a camera, AKA MWAC, calls themselves a pro without even learning. They sell "portraits" that all look like everyone else's, they're all auto everythinged, and photoshopped using the filters other MWACs tell them, and they give 100 digital shots for $69 and all copyrights, too.
As for the rest, we use photography to express ourselves and our vision. Without others seeing it, are we just expressing to ourselves? Like talking to hear our own voice?