OT: The future of USENET?
quartz at sneakertech.com
Wed Mar 27 10:50:04 UTC 2013
>Is USENET coming to its end?
Yes, for better or worse. It's been a slow downward spiral since the
late 90's. I can't speak for other countries, but in the US the majority
of ISPs started dropping access as a cost cutting measure since your
average layman didn't really understand or use it. Younger generations
in turn never knew it existed and ended up reinventing most of the
functionality with web forums. Not helping matters is that, due to a
couple isolated cases, the news media ignorantly view usenet as a haven
for child porn and pirate movies, so there's increasing clamor to shut
it down. There were a few 3rd party companies here and there that
offered dedicated access, but most of them have closed up shop by this
point due to social/political pressure.
it has a certain smooth-brained appeal
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