Dude, come on. I could rewrite your first paragraph as: I think forums like this tend to be more biased than the general public. You have people who are emotionally vested in the new model, and have hopes of validation tied up in being "published" by any means, and also have long-standing fears of being rejected. When the landscape shifts a little, their internal views and aspirations shift way too far, and for some people may never shift back. Now, I don't happen to believe that about people who are interested in self-publishing. But it's pretty patronizing to assume that people's hesitations about self-publishing are based on emotions or dreams rather than rational concerns, just like it would be patronizing of me to think that people are only interested in self-publishing for emotional reasons. There are rational reasons for different writers to make different choices about publication routes. I think those reasons can be discussed without anyone dismissing other viewpoints as overly emotional.