What an insightful post. I was nodding as I read it, and by the end I was even a little sad despite being a strong proponent of digital media.
You're so right when you say that the digital age is as much a curse as it is a blessing. When there are few limitations, it's easy to forget how much the old limitations helped shape our creativity and our experiences.
I think you're also right, for better or worse, when you say that digital will always prevail. But I wonder if there are ways to hold onto some of those old experiences.
For example, what if there were an iPhone app that let you pay for a virtual 36-exposure film roll with an in-app purchase, then mailed you a packet of printed photos after you finished a roll? The cost would provide an incentive not to waste your shots, and the automatic "development" step would reward you with real printed photos you could put in physical albums without giving you an opportunity to forget or procrastinate.
Maybe, if we just put some more thought and effort into it, we can save what we might otherwise lose. What do you think?