Thanks, photoMaldives, but that plugin is for something else - it makes the image's name appear in the "title field". We're talking about being able to see names rather than just thumbnails in the list of photos within the media uploader.
I actually agree with not having the image name become the title tag, and always wished WordPress would change that - I'm glad this called my attention to it, because with all the other changes I barely noticed this improvement.
And I don't think anyone's just resistant to change. I was excited about the media uploader, and surprised to find a few minor issues with it that I didn't like. I don't feel like we're complaining (and certainly no one has ranted or said anything nasty, which is refreshing!). We're just giving feedback - how else can they know what everybody wants?
BTW, one theme I'm using, which is heavily customized, somehow invokes the old media uploader instead of the new. This makes me suspect that "under the hood" things are pretty much the same, and the new window is more window dressing than actual changes in function. If so, this is good news - it means WordPress could "fix" all our problems pretty easily in a new update. At the very least, maybe they'll give us the option to use the old media uploader - I'd be totally satisfied with that.
And on the offchance WP doesn't do anything for us (I'd be surprised - they've been very responsive to making "easy" fixes in the past), this means someone should be able to write a lightweight program that would invoke the old uploader.