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It's a shame that so many folks online still suffer from the childhood disease known as "X Is Dead" Syndrome. This time around, it was the recurring "RSS Is Dead" meme.
RSS creator Dave Winer didn't miss a chance to throw a tantrum, obviously. True to form, TechCrunch couldn't pass up participating in an ill-considered dustup either. After all, "RSS Is Dead" is comfortable territory for them.
As I'm fond of saying, life for many folks in the Web 2.0 world is simply just the downtime between opportunities to hate on stuff.
Thankfully, cooler heads like Matthew Ingram exist:
The fact that RSS may be fading in terms of mainstream user awareness is actually a good thing rather than a bad one. The sooner people can forget about it because it just works in the background, the better off we’ll all be — in the same way many of us have forgotten (if we ever knew) how the internal-combustion engine works, because we no longer have to pull over and fix them ourselves.
IMHO, Ingram demonstrates the proper understanding of this topic. As for me? I love my Google Reader and it's fair to say that it puts hours into my day. That said, RSS (or some other syndication technology) will attain its true power and value when more apps and online experiences are transparently syndication-aware.