Fandom: A Sad Farewell?

A long time ago, in at a convention far away, fans used to gather to share their love of reading, science fiction, story ideas and each others' company. Now, sadly, with the advent of the Internet, cell phones, Instant Messenger, and other cheap and immediate methods of communication, the need to actually be in the same location has gone away. Attendance at conventions has been dropping and fan publishing, on paper at least, seems to be dead.