Just over a year ago, Mac360’s Kate MacKenzie penned an interesting perspective that I use to this day– What I Found By Using An RSS Reader. That was followed up with What Else I Learned By Using An RSS Reader.
What you’ll learn is the same I learned. A quick and easy way to view hundreds of articles by headline and summary, and get a look at the trends among news and technology websites. One of them is websites that sell stuff all the time and pass it off as news. Another is the contrarian perspective.
Turn Me On, Apple
Google “Apple Special Event” and you’ll be treated to dozens of headlines from various websites with all the details you need to know about Apple’s new offerings. Here are a few:
- Apple Has Shown Us The Future – well, maybe Apple’s future.
- Apple Promises Customers A Safer Digital World – yes, it comes with a price tag.
- 10 Things You May Have Missed – because even if you watched the event you still missed something.
- Why The Apple TV+ Event Was So Unusual – it’s not often Oprah and Steven Spielberg share the stage with a tech guy.
Whether you watched Apple’s Special Event or not, or just read about what took place, there is always someone out there with a contrarian perspective. Welcome to the “I’m Bored With Apple Crowd.”
I fully acknowledge that this is partly down to my particular tastes. I’m not a TV guy, for starters: I haven’t owned a television in 20 years, and while I do have a Netflix account, it’s borderline whether or not I actually use it enough to justify even the small cost. So it didn’t really matter what Apple announced there; it wasn’t going to interest me.
But why write about something that doesn’t interest you, that doesn’t fit your particular lifestyle, and from a perspective that won’t matter to most of the Applesphere that are looking for insight and analysis?
I get it. Some people get paid by the word to write. I understand that publications need diversity of content. Lovejoy did his job and even came up with a couple of gems. From somebody else.
There’s the finding that Apple Card doesn’t have rewards that match other cards, and that Apple TV Channels and Apple TV+ might be the watershed moment that begins the long, slow death of iTunes.
I love Apple products. I am critical of Apple where appropriate and obvious. But I’m not going to join the “I’m bored with Apple” crowd.
“I’m bored with Facebook, Google, Amazon, et al…” Maybe.
Kate’s articles on using an RSS reader to scan websites helps us to filter our interwebs travels and makes it easy to highlight– visually– the trends among articles and between websites; all at a glance. It’s a good method to filter out the cruft. Try it. I promise you won’t get bored.