I suspect many of these folks are simply resistant to or afraid of c-h-a-n-g-e. That's an old bugbaboo. For many of us, change represents the unknown, and the unknown is something to fear. It is human nature to gravitate toward our comfort zones and fight stubbornly to remain there.
We are not the only ones, of course. Automobile enthusiasts rue the day that the first computer was installed into a car. Audiophiles are certain that the day the vinyl LP virtually disappeared and recordings went digital was really the day the music died.
Again, I state the obvious: change is inevitable. Our goal should be to not only embrace it but to do what we can to:
1) Make that change a positive thing, and
2) Remember and honor past technologies.
I am actually heartened to see the number of relatively new hams who never built and tuned up a DX-100 or aligned a Hammarlund receiver are vitally interested in the boat anchors. I think CW is another example of ancient technology that is being preserved and used...partly because it is fun and partly because it is still a darn fine mode for communication.
Hey, I am not naive enough to believe that anything as sweeping as technological change is not going to upset some people. Wait until everyone has to have a digital TV/digital signal source in February 2009. Despite the long ramp up, all the publicity, and the government efforts...with our tax money :-( ...trying to take the sting out of such a major change, there will still be many who will be shocked when the soaps and game shows suddenly disappear from their cyclops.
That is still my idea of hell--living in this day and time of unprecedented change and not being able to adapt to it.