Hey this is all a great debate about KR, and I like his site most of the time, too, but the real topic was about this comment about "the exploding popularity of film!"(Back to the topic)
I do agree that the idea of having something tangible in your hand (real negative) rather than virtual in the computer (digital file) seems to be coming into it's own again. Kind of the same idea as going into a store to see, touch, feel an actual item rather than buying on the web or catalog. Ken and Omaha you are correct: Why create a simulation of a film image when it is far simpler and easier to create the real thing!
Well, I hope this (relative, surely) exploding business is enough exploding to convince the Kodak's of the world to stop exploding the factory and keep feeding the film explosion.