I was wondering why these things matter so much. ... (
There are probably a zillion opinions here. We are mostly an older crowd who know what we like. We know what we think about the world, and how we think it is structured. That's influenced by culture, education, experience, family, peer pressure, and all sorts of other baggage that makes us who we are.
How I see my work as a photographer is completely different from many others' work, yet similar to many others' work. And that's okay! I respect others' rights to do as they please, so long as they don't step on my rights. We reach problem territory when people get into narrow, ignorant, fundamentalist mindsets — i.e.; "My way of thinking or belief system is right and yours isn't."
I make some attempts at art photography. I do some photojournalism, some portraiture, some event photography, and a lot of step-by-step training documentation. I do stills, video, and hybrids of both.
Once in a while, I'll photograph a sports event, or a landscape, but I'm really not equipped for that work, so I have to rent gear to do it.
I use some "SOOC" JPEG workflow, mostly for low-budget, tight deadline, controlled lighting in a studio setting sorts of work. I use a raw workflow with post processing for anything I need to manipulate, and in situations where the environment, lighting, and other factors are fluid.
It helps that I worked in black-and-white for a long time before I took up slide photography to create AV shows and multi-image programs back in the '70s and '80s. Everything I learned in the darkroom helped me learn Photoshop and Lightroom and work with raw files. There are digital parallels for virtually everything we ever did with film.
I also learned techniques that benefit 'SOOC' work. Everything we did with slide films has a parallel with JPEG capture. It's just a lot easier with digital!
So, I just like photography. It's a very versatile tool for me. But it's always been just one of my favorite tools. The others are all convergence technologies exemplified by the tools in my iPhone.