To ask child question. Child questions have always been the most interesting (translated: problematic) questions.
Why this forum died anyway?
I know why it didnt and unfortunately I know it <<Omega-number>> % sure. It didnt die neither because my of drunk posts, my interest in philosophy and name calling. These issues come worldwide. Thus, there's nothing wrong with me, nothing's wrong with webforums and nothing's wrong with freeware games. What's wrong then?
Can we start talking like we were talking in OG times or CWF early years? Anything changed?
One of modern philosophers (you dont know him) coming from my city thinks that human can experience true freedom only when he will return to chimpanzee- or broadly speaking animal/unconscious state. Literacy equals unhappiness for various reasons. First, there were few (few understood as percentage of all living people) literate or educated people in the past and even if sources dont say whether Socrates, Bede or Descartes were unhappy or depressed, the later the times the more knowledge we have that people who stand above the mob are not happy. Now, partially thx to internet humanking slowly but steadily reaches global literacy state.
First thing to be aware of is that literacy and education were always a sign of advantage of one person over another. In egalitarian state where everyone is intelligent, literate and educated natural dychotomies disappear. Destroying the natural equilibrium between intelligentsia and mob is probably impossible, because culture is always weaker than nature, but this egalitarisation of knowledge will make its impact on society anyway. Most likely, what already happens, it will increase animalistic, rightist and aggressive tendencies. But aggression never makes human happy, after all the nature of aggression is that it seeks for relief. Relief can be found in peace, but peace cant be found in egalitarism. Ultimately, all those aggressive literate people will seek for help in return to illiteracy understood as surrender of goalless and depressing progress.
In other words, to be happy again as humankind, we should disavow evolution and think of actions that will keep us in safe semi-conscious stagnation similar to water cycle.
Internet webforums (and internet in general) will slowly die simply because users will more or less consciously step down from using it feeling what can happen.
Who loves life, doesn't read; like Houllebecq cleverly wrote in his essay on Lovecraft.