Originally Posted by JSWolf
Um.. do you really know how long the Internet has been available to the public? It's been available to the public for close to 32 years. Publishing was not in decline back then.
I'm not going to claim that the internet alone is responsible to the decline of publishing, but you are incorrect with your timeline.
Arpanet was used for universities and government back then, sure. But internet for the public? Fidonet wasn't even around 32 years ago, much less public internet. The first dial-up connection for consumers came on the scene in 1989, about 22 years ago.