The real potential of RSS lies in Broadcasting.
In former times, jumping up on a soapbox or any
platform in the street to speak your mind was
a popular pastime. Mainly reserved for political
radicals, the biblically inspired or the Cuckoo's
frequent flyer's club - the soapbox did fill a need.
The need to express oneself.
I have always thought of RSS/Blogs and blogging as
more of a 'soapbox' than a 'journal' or a 'weblog'
of daily events. A modern day techno version of the
soapbox with the transfer of one's firmly held
beliefs/opinions in a few kb's here and there along
the information highway.
The stronger the beliefs or opinions - the more
popular the blog. The more unique the content - the
more entertaining the blog is to read.
It also gives you a platform for entertaining
off-beat ideas and new ways of thinking. And it's
a very democratic platform - where anyone's input
can be just as valid as another.
Forget the vote, the blog is a much more democratic tool.
And it's very young. It has a long way to go.
Nothing stays the same, everything changes, everything
evolves -- even our methods of thinking, our means of
expressing ourselves. RSS/Blogs is changing the way we
Imagine a Model T, a Fifties Cadillac, and a present day
Ferrari in your mind. Now imagine your vision or view of
the automobile if you only had the Model T to base it on?
Don't underestimate or even judge RSS by its present day
form - this soapbox is morphing as you read this!
Ever wonder what RSS/blogs will be like in fifty or a
hundred years? What about websites? What about the
Internet? We're only at the Model T stage - ever wonder
what that Ferrari will look like?
Lately, I can't get that idea out of my head! What blogs,
the web, all this will be like in fifty years, a hundred
years, a thousand years? Personally, the future of RSS is
what interests me the most.
I have some background in the art field, people in that field
are always looking ahead. Artists are trained to think 'in',
'outside', and 'ahead' of the box. Especially ahead of the
box - five shots ahead of the cue ball - at all times.
For an artist, it's a pure matter of survival. They have
to be ahead of crowd just to be mildly interesting. The real
fortune tellers leap ahead of the pack. Forging the way.
Blogs and RSS are forging the way for new ideas, new methods
of expression...it's our own little wired soapbox...just
waiting for you to step up. And that soapbox is expanding
and evolving -- What will that 'soapbox' morph into?
Blogs/RSS will evolve and change. No doubt it will turn
that wired soapbox into your own personal interactive TV
channel -- broadcasting your ideas, opinions, products onto a
billion channel internet...
Sound too far-fetched? Well, the radio version of this
system is just starting. Podcasting is just turning the
corner - read more about it in this Forbes.com Article.
If we have radio, TV can't be far behind! And the key
RSS gives us our own publishing facility, but it's more akin to
broadcasting than publishing. It broadcasts our ideas, our
websites, our products...
Basically, I believe, RSS is paving the way for a billion channel
internet where each website will be it's own interactive tv channel.
As storage space, transmission, download times... becomes irreverent or
instantaneous --- how can it not happen?
As we crave more visuals, more audio, and more instant gratification
from the internet and webpages; how can RSS not deliver it?
The foundation, the infrastructure and the groundwork are already
present; connecting the dots will only be a matter of time.
So keep your eye on the cursor and don't underestimate or even judge
RSS by its present day form; this soapbox is morphing as you read this!
And grab that remote; thanks to RSS, surfing a billion TV channels may
just become your favorite pastime or nightmare in the very near future.
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