In a world where RSS readers are “dead”, it would be much harder for new sites to develop and maintain an audience, and it would be much harder for readers and writers to follow a diverse pool of ideas and source material. Both sides would do themselves a great disservice by promoting, accelerating, or glorifying the death of RSS readers.
Marco makes too many good points in this article about why RSS is valuable. Twitter replaces the real-time and “big name” story feed. RSS is valuable for someone who wants to find unique content sources – people who write occasionally, but do great work.
I’m still waiting for a great replacement. Fever will suffice in the mean time, but I’m hoping for a good backend that lets me use Reeder or NetNewsWire.