Very enlightening and sobering thread. I'm 38 and typically like to carry a light MF kit, but don't mind a 4x5 pack if I'm out for serious shooting (which unfortunately has been less lately). Your posts make me think hard about getting more in before the wheels start to fall off.
ROL, I disagree with your post even though I believe it was very honest and well put. The consumer may not care, but art shouldn't separate the ends from the means. I think this will always resonate with some portion of the population, young or old. Aside from that, whether film is "boutique" or "alternative" doesn't matter to me. What matters to me is whether it sticks around and remains a relevant and valued artistic medium. I'm confident it will, as it's too beautiful, both in process and product, not to.
All the best,