Agreed, content-oriented software is definitely the way forward. Less hassle, still organized, and yet the focus is squarely on the talking, not the flourish surrounding that content. It's not hard to imagine all forums following the Flarum/Discourse/etc. aesthetic in the near future!
Sadly, I agree with this, as well. The more we progress the further backwards we seem to go. Text itself feels like it will be lost to the ages in the near future, everyone will just follow videos and interact in face-cam meetings. It's sad, because I quite like forum-based discussion, it's been a part of my entire internet life, it will feel barren when it dies off.