My experience is the public is starting to regard traditional photography as special. Over the last 18-20 years, I've participated in over 200 art festivals. When digital first started being exhibited it was all the rage. People were buying the new technology. In the last 2-3 years, I've seen more interest in traditional prints. I've had many customers who now refuse to buy digital, preferring the one of a kind image only a darkroom can produce. I'm not the only traditional exhibitor to notice this trend, and even some of the digishooters are responding to the trend ( a few are even claiming some of their work is traditional).
People are generally drawn to things they can't do. It's why we can be mesmerized by a 60 yard touchdown pass, a great guitar solo, or an amazing sculpture. Everyone has printed out a D print. (And, I'm not disparaging D prints. It's just very easy for many people to relate to the process, and find it less desirable.)