> I think the decline of the Usenet is more related to the 'entry points'
> youngsters use to access the network. When I started using a computer we
> had access to the network through shared physical spaces, like the
> computer room of a University department. This had the side-effect of
> seeing other people at work, sitting by their side and looking over
> their shoulder as they used 'strange' tools like gopher, trn, elm, pine,
> vi and Emacs. [...]
> Now a great deal of young people start using the network from their
> mobile phone. [...]
Good answer, I think: I'd not thought of how social computers used to be,
and how they have become pseudo-social now. Sitting in a terminal room
*talking* to other people is something that, I guess, has gone now.