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"Regular Joe" is spot on! This is why the tiny sensor is so popular, snap away with your phone; P&S and capture everything just like you remember it; like your eye sees it. Sensor size/limitation isn't a bad thing, in fact it's a welcomed gift!
We all know those that just want a snap shot...the non photographers of the world.
All they want is a clearly focused image from front to back, they aren't interested in isolating a given subject from it's background. They aren't trained to see differently, their mindset is about everything in the viewfinder being the subject.
So any statement like "...super duper fantastic amazing killer; etc. depth of field..." simply refers to an image like you might see from a box camera; images from the f64 group, or like TSE images from our host.
It's not sad, these folks just don't see a need for shallow DOF, in fact it annoys them!
"The Art of Photography" is not dead, it's just that there are only a select few that enjoy the difference aren't of the masses. It's kind of like music, Classical, Jazz, etc...the masses like Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Karaoke...it's just a matter of taste.
I'll have a warm Dr. Pepper please