I really enjoyed your article!
When I started backpacking there wasn't any Internet to discuss gear. Actually there wasn't anywhere to go discuss gear. So you went out and hiked, or you didn't. I like the old days :)
Of course, all the time saved by not texting, web-surfing, social networking, etc. could be used to go outside and do something like run, hike, bike, backpack, ski, camp, etc.
Anyway, a couple months ago I came to the conclusion that discussing backpacking gear is getting boring