I’m 22 years old and what is this.

The future open web must be eas­ier to use than the cur­rent social web, and know­ing what to do with your own data can­not be a pre­req­ui­site. We will have pas­sive users of the web, and the web needs them. If we exclude them, we risk cre­at­ing a walled gar­den that lacks the per­spec­tives and expe­ri­ences of dif­fer­ent types of people.

A cause worth giving something up for

Amen.

There’s lots of stuff going on right now that I’m not part of. That’s the way it goes. Me and Face­book are over. It’s going to stay that way. And if I’m on a ship that’s sink­ing, well I’ve had a good run, and I can afford to go down with the ship, along with peo­ple who share my val­ues. It’s a cause, I’ve dis­cov­ered, that’s worth giv­ing some­thing up for.

Dave Winer - Scoble: I’ll go down with the ship.

RSS keeps me alive and kickin’

Dave Winer has been on a seri­ous win streak for the last few days. On the 4th he defined what an open web means to him. If your web has silos then it isn’t really your web is it?

Then he talked about “A tool whose only out­put is a set of RSS feeds.” Which sounds like a lovely loosely cou­pled net­work. That’s a tool I’d want to use and exper­i­ment with.

Finally he weaves RSS, iPads, WYSIWYG edi­tors, and a river of news into a tale of why first impres­sions are some­times the most hon­est but are many times bla­tantly wrong.

It’s all as Seth Godin says,

RSS is quiet and fast and pro­fes­sional and largely hype-free. Per­haps that’s why it’s not the fla­vor of the day.

Fla­vor of the day or not it’s how I con­sume the vast major­ity of my news and it alone has rad­i­cally trans­formed my con­sump­tion of infor­ma­tion and acqui­si­tion of knowl­edge. So thank you Dave Winer and all the other devel­op­ers who have con­tributed to keep­ing RSS thriving. :)