Yes, if people are interested they will of course dig into the matter and learn things, but there is no longer a need.
The so-called "maker movement" shows us where the interest comes from: the fringe that wants what isn't already available in the mainstream. If you want something that doesn't already exist, then you can assemble it from other devices. The focus has just moved again. Now it's easy and cost-effective for people to do hardware projects without being EEs by just buying modules off the shelf and hooking them up with jumper wires.