Regarding ritual tools, you will find that many Pagans/witches use nontraditional objects in their ritual practice. For example, some will decide to use a lighter instead of matches to light their candles because they find this more practical. Although cotton is the most traditional item for making robes, some will not stick to this rule and use other materials (which may even be synthetic and less itchy). Actually, it wouldn't surprise me if I saw someone putting their tablet onto the altar just so they can see the ritual text more easily! We live in modern times...what can I say.
Anyway, I think you get the point. But what about the other side of the story? Many Pagans/witches still prefer the traditional way of doing things; writing in leather-bound notebooks, using matches, searching through dusty papers for information and meeting people face to face for organizing celebrations. The main reason behind this, apart from just liking tradition, is wanting the ambient to stay vintage. And I have to admit, using candles does have much more charm and appeal to me than using a flashlight, as does using a handmade Book of Shadows instead of a tablet. Paganism is an ancient, practically iconic spiritual path and some people believe that too much modernization can only take away its beauty. I too am an advocate of moderation and this is no exception.
I believe that modernization is good, as long as it feels right and doesn't diminish the experience or somehow profane a ritual. Too much "modern touches" to something that is supposed to be solemn (such as a ritual) can take away the feeling of novelty and uniqueness. It is precisely these feelings that excite, inspire and move the practitioner. They make us remember the experience as something special. Even if the ritual ends up in laughter because somebody said something wrong, or simply if everyone entered a state of ecstatic happiness, the ambient can only enhance the whole experience and make it all the more memorable.
Yet, do we really want to be so old-fashioned that we don't even look at our options? There are so many benefits to modernization and we don't have to embrace them all. Everyone has the right to make their own choices. This is my attempt of showing you some of the options that are out there and that truly are progressive. You may not like all of them, but there may be a few that you find make your life a bit easier, spare you some time and perhaps even enhance the quality of your work. So don't be afraid to turn away from tradition once in a while. You never know what wonderful things you may find! :D
Until next time. Yours,