iamlost posted a great thread at cre8asiteforums titled "Hold The Angst And Adapt" talking about how website owners refuse to adapt to Google's evolution (and prefer to spread angst instead):
Google is an ad network on top of a variety of proprietary search and curation entities.
Google is an information broker.
Google is a competitor.
It's time to get over it and start adapting!
There's another thread at SEOchat discussing a similar topic: "Google SERPs Are Going Away Soon"