I don't think there's any doubt about it. You just have to look at what the prices for good film cameras and lenses have done on eBay in the last year or so.
I was listening to a radio station in Toronto the other day, and a very successful stereo equipment shop was advertising a three piece special. A receiver/amplifier, a pair of good speakers, and a belt drive turntable.
Someone told me that more cars are leaving the factories in North America with manual transmissions.
My God, what's happening? Are we tiring of the "everything done for you, total convenience" world?