Had a thought recently, it's under researched, and I'm sure a lot will disagree and thats kinda the point to posting it, tell me I'm wrong.
"motion graphics" was formed out of computer animation's accessibility to people who didn't come from animation backgrounds.
It was people from vfx, graphic design, illustration, live action, etc all dabbling in animation without realizing it.
Tons of "motion design" studios popped up thinking this was a new medium.
VFX houses started motion design branches, graphic designers jumped ship to become motion designers. Live action people wanted motion graphics in their work. etc. and an "industry" was born.
Fast forward to the past... 5 years?
Motion design as an "industry" became self aware. Aware of the fact that it's animation. Motion Designers started learning the animation principles, teaching it in college, yada yada.
VFX shops closed their motion graphics branches. (i know the mill and some others are exceptions but think of companies like click3x)
Graphic design swinging motion design companies (the gretels of the world) realized they are just graphic designers who can also provide animation services.
Illustration swinging companies (the bucks of the world) basically just became animation companies.
Companies like Hush became interactive focused.
And "motion graphics" as we once knew it(the early aughts) sorta doesn't exist? thats not to say there aren't companies that do it, or people who specialize in it, but like... can you consider it an "industry"?
Again like I said this is a shallow over simplified history of commercial computer animation from the last ~20 years but I just thought it was kind of an interesting take.
***Please note: this is not a debate on if we should use the word. it's a great descriptive word for a certain kind of animation. So let's not go there haha.