What does gear or even photography have to do with the article?
I read the article and 60 some post later people are still talking about photography and gear?
Go back and read the article. Not because it is particularly interesting or compelling, but by reading the article you will realize that you are arguing about something that was never discussed, but projected into the discussion by the OP.
Then the coal company came with the world's largest shovel
And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land
Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken
Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man.