If I'm replying here I'm not on the attack on those with differing views. I'll challenge those views though. I'm passionate and hopefully won't come off as being disrespectful. If you call me an idiot though I might name call back.
Netmeg, obviously you have tons of web experience. You are also a credited Adwords expert.
We have a business. That business doesn't have a store front. A lot our income was based on the belief that the internet wasn't reliant on the whim of a search engine. The sad reality is that Google became the economy. There is the "real" economy, and there is the "internet" economy. The difference is the "real" economy has ramifications. It isn't run by one thing but a bunch of collectives. With that said, if the government in the US said, you know what? We need to raise interest rates by 4% or more in one day would do what to the economy? Yes that would make headlines wouldn't it? The problem with what happened regarding the "internet" economy is that it's going without notice right now. The stories of people losing their internet business and life's work has not yet been told. Sure you're going to say like the other ignorant folks that it's our fault for relying on the "internet" economy to run our business that operates on the....yes you guessed it. The internet economy.
Like the real world economy, our online businesses didn't rely on Adwords to operate. I suppose you're suggesting we're idiots for assuming the internet would not commercialize? There must be a lot of "idiots" out there then. You haven't yet heard from them all just yet.
To say it ain't even about Google is bizzare. What everyone is saying is that hey I have a great site full of great content. It's now getting 5% of the traffic from Google as it once did. Nothing but great feedback. You're telling me that there is going to be some huge turn around for people like me? So how do I crawl up from the hole unless I get the 10 people a day to click the +1 so that Google can say hey, we might have a winner here?