I think the point about film's resurgence is an important one, along with the fact that film cameras don't age the way digital does.
I shot film in a snapshot matter many years ago, but didn't become seriously interested in photography until a couple of years ago, so I started with a digital. At the time film gear was rock bottom cheap. I think in the past year things have started to turn around. Few people will shoot film anymore for professional work, digital has caught up with any resolution differences it used to have. Especially when you take cost into consideration, I'd rather have a 5D Mk II, or 1Ds III, D3x, A900 than medium format film. You are going to have better res out of the hi-res FF digital than the medium format unless you spend serious cash on scanning. My 5D can pretty much do everything a 35mm film camera can.
However, the almost backlash against film seems to be going away. Probably in part because it did become so cheap to get into. One of the biggest advantages of digital is cost per shot. But the upfront costs of film have become really low. People that can only afford a Rebel can afford the film gear that only the wealthiest could afford in the 70s and 80s. A killer enlarger, Canon F-1, and manual focus L glass can be found for dirt cheap.
As for being old tech... the only serious difference in the newer DSLRs and older is the screens on the back, and the sensor, and video. Many don't care about video, and film never had a screen on the back. However the resolution, dynamic range, and in particular high ISO noise of digital has improved greatly from, say, 1D to 1D IV. Therefore perfectly good 1Ds go for a pittance. And I know I haven't jumped on one, since I'm so used to shooting 10MP+ at ISO 1600.
Film cameras sensors don't ever fall behind the times. Pretty much we figured out everything we now know about optics by the 50s, coatings pretty much became modern by the 70s. Image quality of these older lenses is very good, they just don't have auto-focus, and the zooms are poor. And you can throw the newest 35mm high tech film in a 1950s rangefinder, and get really, really good results. In most cases, just as good as a 1V. The 1V just gives you a bunch of automation.