I agree. People now have many more options to communicate but forums still have purpose. Some platforms are better at certain forms of communication than others. For example; having a discussion vs commenting vs one-liners; and whether they are directed at the public, other users, or the author of a article. Also, how easy does the platform make it to continue a previous discussion, maintain a level of anonymity; and whether there is a community where you can easily find people you have previously communicated with. In some of those combinations forums have an advantage. Forums are also better at linking in various media (links, photo, video, emoticons) in a readable and organized fashion-- giving users the most freedom to express themselves. Years ago I believe forums covered most everything I listed above. But new platforms have come along that do SOME of those things better.