I hang out on a number of blogs/forums. Among the frequent discussions is the complaint that digital photography has ruined traditional professional photography because every soccer/hockey mom with a camera is advertising as a pro for pennies on Craig's list.
I was browsing through John Szarkowski's The Photographer's Eye and came across a quote I would like to share.
"…an English writer complained that the new situation had 'created an army of photographers who run rampant over the globe, photographing objects of all sorts, sizes and shapes, under almost every condition with out ever pausing to ask themselves, is this or that artistic? …They spy a view, it seems to please, the camera is focused, the shot taken! There is no pause, why should there be? For art may err but nature cannot miss, says the poet, and they listen to the dictum. To them, composition, light, shade, form and texture are so many catch phrases…"
Written in 1853 as dry plates were replacing the wet plate process, increasing the availability of photography to the masses of amateur photographers.
It seems every major advance in photography equipment or process is met with those who bemoan the advance and the demise of their own position in photography; daguerreotype, sheet film, roll film, color, 35mm, now digital. Each has had its denouncers. Yet, photography is still rolling along quite unfazed. I suspect it will for some time to come.