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The most noteworthy item in this article is AOL’s discontinuance of access to the venerable Usenet newsgroups. Of course, Usenet has been effectively a dead medium for years now, obsoleted by the Web, blogs, IM/chat, and threaded e-mail discussion groups. Historians should note that Usenet was the first Internet collaboration space afflicted by spam. To some degree, Usenet’s demise was precipitated by the overwhelming volume of spam deposited on any group. From the mid-90s onward, it was Uselessnet, as far as I was concerned. Media have their lifecycles, and deathcycles.