That article by Jalopnik is pretty juvenile - It sounds like it's written by somebody who doesn't know how to drive a standard.
Of course, I'm sure that's not the case (as it's written by Travis Okulski, one of their editors), however I can't help feeling the author's point of view is as skewed as those he's criticizing.
The point of all cars isn't simply to get the best lap times, nor does a manual gearbox provide the only means to be fully engaged.
Why can't both have their place with enthusiasts?
This is a stupid article.
edit: it's under the rant section on Jalopnik - that's where it belongs.