I've been researching writing and the internet for one of my classes and it seems to me that the internet is the best thing that ever happened to academic types. It's my thinking that, at some point, academia would have run out of topics to write papers about. Then journals would fail, professors would be lost, and the world would implode on itself in a flurry scattered research papers.
But the internet. Ah, the internet...
Suddenly, scholars can study how well stutterers deal with communication on-line, how suicide letters are affected by internet language, and a new international writing standard (all real papers).
So, carry on, academia! Continue on with your interesting, but vaguely useless research! It should last you about another 50 years.