How? Mac360 was one of the early adopters to the RSS subscription feed. RSS apps grab headlines and summaries from various websites around the interwebs– you choose– and brings them to you in an easily readable format that is perfectly suited to kill fake news.
What’s the problem with news? There is too much of it and it comes in major flavors and forms and it becomes easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer volume and variety of content. How do you control the sources of so-called news?
I like and use Apple News+ because it is a fast and simple method to choose news sources and then dig through content. However, the app is limited and an RSS news reader is not. Most RSS news readers are worthy, but I recommend a few to family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
First on my list is News Explorer. The app helps you search for RSS subscriptions and once it finds what you’re looking for the deed is done. Read and enjoy. Most websites worthy of reading have an RSS news feed which consists of headline and summary. News Explorer has a macOS version, an iOS version, and even an Apple TV version– all of which sync feeds so your news goes where you go.
Second, an old favorite has surfaced with a new update. Reeder for Mac, iPhone, and iPad brings new features and similar functionality. In features an in-app Read Later service that syncs with iCloud. I love it.
Now, regarding what an RSS reader can do that Apple News cannot, and what you won’t get via TV news or elsewhere, is a visual perspective. Kate MacKenzie outlined her first findings in What I Found By Using An RSS Reader.
What did she find?
Regurgitation to the nth degree. Same old, same old, and on different websites, one after the other… What I see in the technology sector is the same as I see in the standard news sector. Regurgitation. The same news and rumors are passed off on each website so what you read on one will show up on two, three, six or seven other websites.
In other words, much of the same information gets passed around– right or wrong, fact or fiction– from one site to another, but it becomes obvious when digging through a list of RSS feeds.
You can see it clearly.
That didn’t stop MacKenzie from using an RSS reader, but continued use brought up another issue outlined in What Else I Learned From Using An RSS Reader.
Website after website regurgitating the same Cyber Monday sales… Most of those websites are little more than product shills for various online stores.
Is that a problem?
The danger in such obvious shilling should be obvious. Journalist integrity and objectivity take a back seat to revenue opportunities when websites sell products in what appears to be a review or newsworthy article. An RSS reader displays a lengthy list of websites you subscribe to, and when they all do the same sort of regurgitation and shilling, it becomes obvious that money rules.
Use an RSS reader to gather news for you and you begin to realize that far too much of the news we receive the old fashioned way is corrupt; corrupted by fakery posing as fact, and corrupted by news posing as product sales.
Fake news will not die and only you can control what you read.