Positive feedback is not feedback that agrees with you. It is feedback that is constructive. The strangers providing positive feedback are the most amazing people you will ever engage. They do not know you and have no reason to help you. Yet, they still want to make you better.
Unlike Bill Cosby or Woody Allen, the man doesn’t have to be hunted through a funhouse reflecting the work, the man shown in the work, and evasions and inventions from interested parties. When the media presented Deen they inevitably presented a terrifying rigid emptiness because he was a terrifying rigid emptiness — only they called it a prince instead of a terrifying rigid emptiness. James told reporters he liked his stage name because “it helps people associate it with the iconic rebel attitude” and instead of the reporters going “Why do you talk like you’re trying to sell me pants?” they printed it. Perhaps in the era of the personal brand, people are so totally not expected to be human that inhumanity passes unremarked and uninvestigated.