The batting mindset is certainly very different today. I wouldn't say whether its 'better' or 'worse', seems kind of stupid. This is just a different era.
Modern bats make attacking batting so much easier, therefore there's more value in expansive strokeplay than there used to be. This has changed the mindset of batsmen in tests.
That said, there's no reason why a modern batter can't play responsibly and in an old fashioned manner. Just look at Faf at Adelaide. And he's a fella whose spent most of his time playing the shorter stuff
Overall I find the 'things were better in my day' argument pretty tiresome. Good bowling still exists, and in cricket you just need ten deliveries to roll a side. Collapses are going to happen. No need for all this hyperbole
Batsman I tolerate: V. Richards, S. Tendulkar, E. Morgan, N. Hussain. KEVIN O F******* BRIEN