I don't think that their is any sort of predisposition in the US. The technophiles are the most common and the most vocal on the web. People that embrace simplicity and vision don't feel the need to preach this to people in every newsgroup, 99% of which are technique/gadget oriented anyway.

Most photos don't come across nearly as well on your monitor as they do in the actual print, making it pretty hard to discuss what the photographer was seeing/feeling. In a sense there is a technique to taking photographs that display well on a computer monitor, which I am not interested in mastering.