There are many interpretations for RSS, this one is from the Essential Blogging
Rich Site Summary (RSS) is a data format that allows computers to exchange files containing summaries of stories. Each story typically has a title, location, and possibly a brief synopsis. RSS is extremely simple, and is expressed using standards-defined Extensible Markup Language (XML). Thousands of blogs and other web sites all over the Net produce RSS files describing their content.
The cool thing about RSS is that it’s easy to write a program to produce or manipulate the data in an RSS document. RSS is so simple to generate and manipulate that hundreds of programmers have written tools to exploit the thousands of RSS feeds on the Internet.
Soon it will be an interactive network. The formation of a hypertext and a meta-language which, for the first time in history, integrate into the same sytem the written, oral, and audio-visual modalities of human communication.
As Postman writes, ” we do not see… reality… as ‘it’ is, but as our languages are. And our languages are our media. Our media are our metaphors. our metaphors create the content of our culture. ”
In knowledge networks that are formed on the basis of social networks for generating and sharing knowledge, there are two types of components in the system that exhibit autocatalysis, the knowledge per se and the people.
—Monge & Contractor p95
“This land is your land
This land is my land
to the New York islands……”
If you like political cartoons
you should not miss “This Land”