As a new Ham and a Technician, I'm actually happy with the portions of the spectrum I can use, and how I can use them. If this isn't the prevalent attitude among licensed Technicians... well, it wouldn't be the first time I was called "weird." I play on the satellites, am starting into EME (slightly higher "price of admission" but receive-only is more a technical puzzle than a cost issue) and digital modes, and when propagation falls into place, work whatever 10m and 6m will allow. I'm going to upgrade, but the broader phone privileges with General probably won't make much difference to me. I'm learning Morse and will likely stay with CW as my "primary" HF mode. I am admittedly a sample of exactly one. I'm joining the hobby later in life than many (most?) and that may color my interests. But anecdotally, I was talking to a small group of teenagers recently who were ALSO learning Morse. So, in my limited wanderings, there seems to be hope for amateur radio as a hobby in its own right and not a "means" to another hobby.