A question: has facebook taken people away from LJ? Or, is the ability to wax on with nicely thought through commentary and the ability to break past the limited two hundred or so character "snippets du jour" of facebook a shining point for LJ? Just wondering.
I find that what has happened with LJ is simply a continuation of the general process of fragmentation and disintegration of all forms of media which has now become a regular and increasingly frequent cycle as new technologies supplant old ones at any increasingly rapid pace. I expect that when the scroll replaced the cuneiform clay tablet the writing was already on the wall...
I think, to paraphrase de Tocqueville, we get the news we deserve. We want to be entertained, and the ratings follow that. I think it has always been so, but considering we're at a point where education is more available and widespread than ever before, one would hope we'd start moving beyond bread-and-circuses.
However, chocolate will always taste better than liver-and-onions, and that's not changing.