It is a shame in one way. The "portrait mills" were a reasonably good place to develop a photographer's ability to work with people, and they did help reinforce the idea that paying for a photograph was a good thing.
By the way, this thread is in the wrong sub-forum. Feedback and Discussion is intended to refer to "Site Feedback and Discussion about APUG"
Maybe the name of the sub-forum should be changed to help those who are new here?