Maybe. But it seems to me that youTube is becoming more and more influential in that respect.
In the past, friends/relatives/acquaintances would mostly accept my advice at face value. Now when friends/relatives/acquaintances ask me about gear, they get a puzzled look on their faces and start talking about the youTube videos they've watched that say "so and so" if I express an opinion that is different from the prevailing view on youTube.
I usually ask them why they wanted my opinion.
The same person probably gets their news from Yahoo.
They should take the You Tubers opinion. After all the guy did get .76 of a cents worth of opinion. Not even a full 2 cents worth.