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.
An editor by the name of Gerald Howard wrote a now famous (in publishing circles) essay declaring the death of publishing titled "Mistah Perkins-He Dead" in 1989, and the notion didn't begin there.
You're correct about the internet, of course. But early public availability bares no resemblance to the modern entertainment entity that is today's internet. Some guys posting monochrome arguments about Star Trek on BBS isn't really comparable to whats developed over the past decade.