i get the sense that message boards are declining online. all the forums i've ever kept up with/posted on seem to be far less active than they were in the mid-2000s(and at that time everyone always said it was less active than in the early 2000s or late 90s). recently out of curiosity i'd now and then search for the sorts of message boards i used to go on back in the day and none seem very active. is it just that, somehow, message boards of different topics(i have no idea what nerdy teenagers might be more into these days) are more active, or in general are message boards just less active due to facebook etc w/e?
its sort of depressing. message boards are a very particular type of online discourse that can't really be matched by things like blogs or, obviously, social networking things. do people just not want to talk to strangers online anymore?