Thinking people (and this includes thinking photographers) haven't disappeared, they have just distanced themselves (or have been forced to distance themselves) from the hoard. Creativity hasn't 'gone down' as the author reckons, there's just a bigger gulf now between true creatives and self-marketing posers. We all like to think of ourselves as special these days (thanks to reality TV and "you're worth it" style mass advertising). The result is, we aren't discerning enough anymore when it comes to 'the gifted' - because questioning average Joe's actual talent, ability and value ultimately means you have to question your own - and that kind of existential crisis is something we all want to avoid.
This is the price we have paid for gaining some resemblance of 'equality'. Let's all be special together!