USENET is dead (6/18/2006 1:46 pm)
Filed under: Computers, Editorial
I'm officially declaring USENET dead.
Sure, the long-suffering method of communication isn't technically dead yet. As groups.google.com shows us, there are still ton of newsgroups with lots of activity. As I try to read newsgroups, it seems there are only two things left that anyone discusses: Politics or net-nooks.
The net-nooks insist on arguing silly points over and over and over again. These discussions never end, no one ever agrees on anything. The political discussions are just sad. It's not an open forum to exchange thoughts and ideas; rather it's a forum for people to find new ways to insult each other. And the political hate fests aren't limited to the political newsgroups; they pop up in every group sooner or later.
I've given up, it might as well be deprecated and NNTP servers everywhere turned off. There are still a few moderated newsgroups I'll follow, but I doubt I'll contribute much anymore. As much as I hate web-forums, it seems they've managed to figure out how not to completely suck. I've been an active USENET participant since long before I had an Internet account, so it's a bit sad to come to this realization, but there's no point to following it anymore.