RSS for News

26 June 2020

We can find ourselves thinking, "Where did we used to get our news before Twitter and Facebook?" I know where I got news: Google Reader, but Google shut it down, and eventually gave us a taste of aggregated news in Google Assistant on our phones, but it never really allows us to consciously control it.

Social media’s a bit of a mess and mostly getting worse, so you might want an alternative. Google Reader was based on RSS and Atom news feeds from all your favorite websites, and those still exist.

I still read my carefully curated news feeds using Feedly as a successor to Google Reader. I have hundreds of different news feeds aggregated into this one place (kind of like Facebook and Twitter), but it’s a much more controlled stream of news about which I care. Anyone can create an account at Feedly and get started by searching for a handful of sites you’d like to read regularly. Over time, you can extend and finely tune your feed of news.

If Feedly isn’t quite your style, you can find other news readers, and allow yourself to stay informed without necessarily needing to scroll through all the noise of Facebook and Twitter.


Imagine No Religion

19 February 2008

There's a Billboard War going on in some spots around the United States. One particular site is in Chambersburg, PA -- that's a relatively short drive. I'd love to go see these billboards in person.

How do you demonstrate support for this message once you're there?


What If Dawkins is Wrong

18 September 2007

Via Digg, I stumbled upon a video of Richard Dawkins answering a simple question.

I'm apparently to understand that he's demonstrating all these other odd beliefs which we don't believe and could equally be subject to those hells for disbelief, and Christianity provides just one more example. Unfortunately, his style of delivery feels more like an attack, so his subtle point could easily be missed -- I agree with the guy, but I missed it at first. I was terribly disappointed.


Teachers Just Want to Have Fun

02 May 2007

I heard on the news this morning that Millersville University is involved in a lawsuit over denying a teacher her certification over a MySpace photo of her with a drink at a Halloween party.

Rightfully, she's suing the school over the whole thing. I hope she gets this corrected. In an age when anyone can post anything about anyone, it doesn't make sense to evaluate if she posted the pictures herself or it was someone else. There's nothing wrong with having an unprofessional life, and we need to learn to consider context. A drunken pirate at a Halloween party does not imply she represents a drunken pirate in the classroom.

Would this have been different if it was posted to FaceBook, which had traditionally started out as more of a college-age service? Of course, MySpace started out as a place for bands, so what's it matter what the intended audience is?

Here's a more local link to the story.


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