I have read as far forward as the 1988 year of SpinOff in our guild's back issues.
Back then, people waited for the mail to bring them an editor's selection of other spinners' projects printed on paper accompanied by formatted notes.
Now we go online to a clearinghouse like Ravelry and see masses of self-published projects and documentation. Distribution of information, both media and cost, is so different today.
I like the sheer volume of projects available online and don't mind if the documentation or quality of work is occasionally sketchy.