That’s not to say that I think the future of news is RSS. In some ways it sounds like this is what they were suggesting. Rather, I think it might be worthwhile to see why some people don’t like RSS, or use it only for headlines. I’ve seen a lot of people express lago’s viewthat text and layout (while seperable for design) support one another, and that stripping text of its visual context may not be the best way to experience it.
What is, then, the future of news delivery? Call me quixotic, but I’m sticking with the good old early explanation of what online news will bring: the bottomless news hole. I want full transcripts, scanned documents, citations, links. I want the ability to do my own factchecking, even if I never make use of that opportunity. I don’t want to make my own news, but I do want to be able to make my own discoveries.
And I want to have a conversation, not to be a party of eyeballs, a mute audience. I want to know what others think of the news, and then what others think of what others think. Getting at the facts is a vital part of this, but I do not have the time or energy to “interact” with my news on an individual level. I do want to do so at a social level, in much the way we always have.
fn1. Who, due to a trick of typography, I have permanently imprinted as Iago (as in this guy).