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The Challenge of Technology

From the comments on one of my recent posts, here’s a perfect example of the challenge of explaining technology. I’d provided a set of links for subscribing to my site.
From “AbC“:

I hate something about this whole feed business. I see techies falling over themselves trying to use the simplest possible language to help the rest of us understand what feeds really are and how they work. It’s like a lot of people dumb down the definitions and try to use terms they think we’ll understand and be able to internalize.
Hell no.
Tell me exactly how these things work … tell me a feed is like an HTML file that has the address/URL of where a site’s latest content is posted and that you can specify exactly how you want to see the new content – snippets or full blow-by-blow.
I maybe wrong … because techies are really muffling the real definitions with their softened, purpotedly easy to understand definitions.

I think AbC’s wrong. Here’s why, courtesy of Joanne:

Thanks for posting this. I’ve heard of RSS before, but it all seemed like black magic until I tried out bloglines. Your post inspired me to get started!

No offense, but somehow I find the argument (and potential readership) of the Joannes of the world more compelling.