Machines have their place...and their place is with people who injured and need rehabilitation. If they don't need that, then they need free weights. People today want the body and mentality of Athletes but they want to put in as little work as possible. Machines are simple and easy learn, so just force feed this on people. That way, they know nothing but Squatting with Smith Machines and Curling in machines. And when it comes time to moving something, your body replies with a big F U and you're just stuck.
Sorry to mess up ur thread, but i'll summarize...Long Live Free Weights