"will likely find other outlets for my talents in the future" You are a Google employee?
No. For four years I developed (edited) content which was then indexed by Google and accessed by thousands of people. All of a sudden it is not. I will be doing other things with my time in the future, Google's decision to ban my site without warning was a betrayal that I won't soon forget or forgive.
Google hasn't made anything "less useful", other than it's own search (actually, we have spammers, cloakers, and link hi-jackers to blame for that, but that's another topic).
Google has not intentionally made the internet less useful, no. I'm not sure what the future holds but I suspect we are now witnessing the high-water mark of Google's dominance. You are entitiled to your opinion.