Robin Good has probably dug into the uses of RSS more than just about anyone, and this post on his site from March has been making some rounds once again. While it’s a bit tough to follow at times, his points on the ways we need to think about RSS are relevant to educators taking a look at it’s possible uses.
One of the main benefits of RSS is:
The creation of dedicated information channels, originated by independent publishers and not by vested commercial interests or mainstream media conglomerates may create the opportunity for a true renaissance of culture, learning and to a multiplication of our abilities to manage large amounts of rapidly changing information.
…the ability of a human being to concert, orchestrate, edit, and refine quality search formulas that tap into the whole Internet content universe and beyond, and that filter out relevant information through selected keywords, source selection, ranking, heuristics, and many other possible criteria