Coping with the loss of an online world - CNN.com:
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Online communities are now very much a part of the human experience for about a third of the world's population. Everything from IRCs to old school multi-user domains, social media, and massively multiplayer online games. This was largely science fiction two-decades ago.
These days we seem to be living in a twenty-year cycle: from science fiction concept to living breathing digital reality as far as information technologies go.