I feel kind of bad hijacking the OP's thread, so I'll be brief.. Also, I think we should applaud him/her for sharing it.
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I can see the distinction you guys are making between a photograph and a digital image, and I agree that there is a fundamental difference. However, I guess my biggest point of contention is that going around saying "a digital image is not a photograph" paints analog enthusiasts in strange light. I don't think most people will see it as the intellectual argument that it is, and will instead just think you're the ultimate luddite, film-hold-out.
The truth is, I think most people think of a photograph as an image formed by a lens and its recording, period. That's the colloquial understanding.