People are looking at Hellmark's Unlaundered Despecialization Curve (as it will suddenly be defined in Wikipedia) too inductively. The point isn't unwashed = illiteracy. It's that Swiss army knives beat beautifully made single-purpose pocket knives in the consumer market.
Any hypersensitive person can reduce any subject to elitism vs. populism, but how interesting is that ultimately? You can fisk every statement for signs of snobbery in a state of perpetual suspicion or you can rise above intellectual and anti-intellectual snobbery and try, as I'm trying, to look at what's in front of us. If you or I prove mistaken, sobeit. But let's have fun guessing together regardless.