Sorry for the delay. What a nightmare that was.
Memory leaks, thread deadlocks, bad UI abstractions, non-reproducible bugs, MTBFs of only a day or two, and a carnivorous installed user base, all mixed up into a real-time, interrupt-driven, multi-process, multi-threaded, multi-platform Frankenstein's monster of a software engineering stew.
Good gawd! The thing has neck bolts! It's a miracle that any of this high technology stuff even works at all. I'm always surprised when it does.
Now... where were we? Oh yeah. High technology photography...
Different really isn't the same. By raw definition. Whether those differences matter to you... is up to you. Maybe they do. Maybe they don't. But whether they do OR don't, they do still exist. And they do still matter. In fact, it's in those differences that we find the whole reason for APUG itself to exist. And for DPUG too. Because even though they don't matter to you, those differences are crucial to many of the rest of us. In the final analysis, they are why we are even here at all.
Remember our offline discussion of provenance? That is a difference which probably means very little to you. I know you know what it is. It's just not important to you for the purposes to which you practice photography. Nor should it be. Your needs and motivations are unique, and that concept just does not factor in for you. Fair enough.
However, for me physical provenance is possibly the most important attribute a photograph can possess. It's presence confers an authenticity to the work that cannot be replicated digitally. For the purposes to which I practice photography, it's crucial. Without it, it's not a photograph. It's merely a pretty illustration.
The point is that both of these are merely subjective judgments based on each individual's needs, desires and outlooks. But the facts that underlie those judgments are inviolate. You really don't extract an image from a CCD by dunking it into D-76. That's a fact based on a real difference between the two methods of image making. You may prefer and choose one method of extraction over the other for subjective reasons, but that choice is only available to you because the two methods are radically different in the first place.
So rejoice in the heightened level of awareness that comes with the simple recognition that chemical film and electronic digital are two completely different ways to create an image. And with those differences comes a plethora of choices presented for your consideration regarding which method will work better in helping you to realize your unique vision. Do not run from those differences by insisting they do not exist. Instead celebrate them as Good Things.
Just keep a clear head and don't confuse the massively different factual realities that, by design, underpin the two technologies. Those technologies only seem the same to you if those underlying realities don't matter to you.