= I =
in the extreme
Imminent Death Of The Net Predicted! prov.
Usenet first got off the ground in 1980-81, it has grown
exponentially, approximately doubling in size every year. On the
other hand, most people feel the signal-to-noise ratio of
Usenet has dropped steadily. These trends led, as far back as
mid-1983, to predictions of the imminent collapse (or death) of the
net. Ten years and numerous doublings later, enough of these
gloomy prognostications have been confounded that the phrase
"Imminent Death Of The Net Predicted!" has become a running joke,
hauled out any time someone grumbles about the S/N ratio or
the huge and steadily increasing volume, or the possible loss of a
key node or link, or the potential for lawsuits when ignoramuses
post copyrighted material, etc., etc., etc.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.