Rich, you once again beautifully summarize the debate and possible ramifications of trends. It seems to me that almost all of us began climbing ignorant to varying degrees of many aspects of the game. Unfortunately or not, the excellent detail of Dick's guides does convey some sense of what to expect on a given climb. We may debate the grade or level of protection but I am assured that a G rated climb is unlikely to force me into a do or die situation unless I climb off route or don't pay enough attention to pro. That puts the responsibility on me, where I like it.
As I see it, a day of sport at any grade is infinitely less memorable and satisfying than any trad route I have ever experienced, because of the adventure. there have been many books written on the subject, but I know that I reqire some level of adventure/risk and might have quit climbing long ago otherwise.