And that's why he's wrong. We should also "amateurs" - what it really means.You think that social media were a short fad that won't go anywhere? Welcome to the year 2015! Look at the member count of facebook versus ALL photography related forums together, then please stop preaching about "probably just a small part of them". In case you missed it: Facebook Users Are Uploading 350 Million New Photos Each Day, and that was 2013 ...
Non professional photographers take images for very different reasons. And not all of them - and probably just a small part of them, although very visible due to the hype sorrounding "social media" today - require "instant connectivity".
You cannot simply assume growth in one market means the death of another.
The assumption here is that the smartphone camera market, and the stills camera market, are somehow competing. They're not. They're vastly different markets and to say one has "won" over the other is absurd.
It may sound absurd to you, but it's right there happening. People around me who were never seen without their DSLR suddenly snap around with smart phones, while their DSLR collects dust at home. You did read the postings that DSLR sales are hurting badly, and have so for a few years, yes?