Raz said:Not to be a loser who always agrees with the oldskool kids, but nezo's right....messageboards like this in general are a dying breed.....we have facebook and shit like that now.....I think bluelight won't actually die because it has value as an education resource, but it's less and less likely that it will be used as an interaction tool....
I think there's a difference already inherent with message boards.DoctorShop said:I disagree. I think message forums will change and add features to make them a still viable medium on the web.
First of all there is a certain amount of anonymity with an internet forum. In that you can have as much anonymity as you want or don't want.
Secondly, message boards tend to have a theme or a subject that is basically the purpose for the message board being there. Example, this forum is a harm reduction board, so naturally most of the posters here are drug users, or were at one point. This is a common interest among the posters. This common interest has brought us together originally, but then it keeps us together, possibly because it turned out that we had other things in common; possibly posters here (Bluelight) might tend towards a inquisitive or curious nature, also there seems to be a slant towards left wing ideals.
I also post occasionally on a board to do with personality theory / psychology. Basically I would find it hard to have similar conversations with my friends, and certainly don't feel that it is appropriate for either Myspace or Facebook, where I mostly just have people I already know in real life, which doesn't solve the problem I had, being that I couldn't discuss these things extensively with people I know in real life.
This is because, in real life I am choosing from a small sample of the population, in people that are around me and that I interact with.
Where as on the internet I am drawing from a much wider population sample. That being, people from all over the world who happen to have been drawn to *whatever it is that the forum is about*.
So basically, I think message boards will still exist as viable methods of interaction, and I don't think they need to change or add features to do it (not that they won't or couldn't, but they don't need to.)