Thanks Nick, and I definitely respect your thoughts. Like you, and I'm sure everybody here, I wish I could walk the JMT without seeing anybody, didn't need reservations to get into Yosemite Valley six months in advance, and the like.
So no, I don't take it personally (hope you didn't take my previous comment as a personal attack either, just a general concept I've been wrestling with).
And I think ultimately, I'm going to have to agree with you. My favorite little-known places are almost always the ones I had to work hard to find. And maybe technology is making it too easy to find some of these places, sort of like Bill Bryson opined in "A Walk in the Woods" as he talked about technology making it too easy for people to get themselves into trouble in the backcountry.
That being said, I don't want that to be the final word in this discussion, so to bring it back to dispersed camping, perhaps we can talk about best techniques in finding these places, and experiences, positive or negative, in trying dispersed camping.