When technology moves on, the end users learn to use the new tools and new materials, and only experts use the expert's tools to make the tools and materials for the every day man. But the experts do that much more efficiently and at a lower price than the normal people could do before.
There was a time when you could fix your own car, but that car would be so simple that it could only do 100 km/h, had no satnav, no ABS, no fuel injection, no mp3 player, no central locking system, no electrical windows, no indicators when something was wrong. And I spend my time to do something else (like spamming on /.), instead of tinkering on my car.
Nostaligia is a rubbish argument against technological progress.
My car may not be very new; a 2001 audi with twin turbo v6, but has ABS, Fuel Injection, MP3 player, central locking, indicators, electric windows, front/rear heated seats and aircon, Blue-tooth for cell phone and is capable of 240km/h(stock...mine is modified to do nearly 270km/h). I work on it myself quite regularly, recently replacing the A-arm and suspension bushings in the front. I also installed my own transmission (with front/rear diffs and drive shaft in my back yard). The knowledge is still there for those who seek it, but it is not as widely distributed as it used to be.
That is the "fun" car, with the daily driver being a 95 volvo T5/r that will also do nearly 270km/h but it takes a little longer to get there :)
The article is quite valid and other countries, specifically the ones that seem to be above the European debt crisis (germany, finland, sweden) seem to still value craftsmenship. I"ll agree that nostalgia is rubbish, but the ability to work with one's hands is still a very valuable trait. The meteoric rise of economies in the far east can be evidenced if this, as well as those previously mentioned European countries. If we are to remain a superpower, we will have to stop the secret war we are waging on skilled workers and/or those who work with their hands.