RSS creates a level playing field that’s open to all. Amateurs and pros, young and old, rich and poor, the homeless, the uninsured and people with AIDS, you name it — they all can slug it out for readers in the same venue.
Yeah, but isn’t that what just the web does? RSS makes keeping up on all these sources more managable, perhaps, but does it make the playing field any more level than it was?
Sorry, Ev, but I think you’re showing how little you still use and grok RSS. Give me a full item RSS feed from a newspaper, and a full item feed from a blogger who knows how to write, so that I’m reading both of them in my aggregator instead of reading one on a page built with a multi-million dollar CMS and a team of designers and the other on a Blog*Spot page with your flashing ad banner at the top and a template with cute puppies, and they’ve got a level playing field. Certainly there are some people whose HTML makes their report on their cheese sandwich for lunch look better than most newspapers horribly busy and distracting design, but for the most part, most people are going to pay more attention to a page with “New York Times” in a big banner at the top of the page than they will to “Anyone’s Blog”, but in an aggregator (in my aggregator v. newsreader sense of “aggregator” especially), the writing and what’s said matters a lot more than who’s saying it.
And on the subject of being rude about Ev’s grasp on RSS: Ev, your RSS feed sucks. You are perfectly free to only include just a teaser of your entry in the feed. I hate it, but it’s your content and you are free to do whatever you want with it. You are also free to keep alive the idea of using the <link> element to point to the site your entry links to rather than to the permalink for your entry. I hate it, I think it’s horrible for usability now that there’s a total of, what, one person doing it?, but it’s your RSS element, and you can do what you want with it. But you may not combine the two, giving me only part of the content and no link to get to the rest of it. That’s unacceptable behavior, and you have to stop doing it right now. I have spoken.