I agree so much about the culture thing. People always ask how many pictures they get for the price - assuming that the more pictures you shoot, the more good ones you will get regardless of skill. Yes, it's nice to be able to shoot as many images as you want to without additional cost for the film & processing, but I certainly think it is even more important to make each shot as good as possible.
Because of the misconception that digital cameras - by their own virtue - make photography easier, more inept people attempt to sell their photography services based only on their misconceptions and maybe a false sense of confidence.
Pardon the comparison but, whether or not a surgeon uses a laser or a scalpel, they still must complete the basic and fundamental training it takes to become a surgeon.
Without that, neither would know where to cut!