David B, I know it's kind of scary. It's not that people necessarily want to go in this direction but the industry is forcing them to go there.
It is a corporation dominated industry now and the direction they wish to go in is the direction that it will head.
That is definitely not to say that people will not be able to do what they love to do now, it's just that small boutique companies will have to supply them with product and there may not be as many choices.
I agree I think there is definately a high end nitch for any photographers who stay with film and even perhaps traditional prints. That's my nitch now and I have no plans to change.