Death of a Reader

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cabcmf Death of a Reader

By around noon Eastern time on Friday, more than 100,000 people had signed a Change.org petition begging Google not to close Google Reader, its Web-based RSS feed aggregator — a.k.a. “blog reader.”I understand their pain. I’ve been using Google Reader to organize my favorite blogs and other news sources ever since the demise of Bloglines, my previous fave. I’m annoyed that I will have to find something new and learn how to make it serve my purpose. But something about this petition reminds me of a plea to bring back the horse-and-buggy. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about our digital, constantly disruptive era, it’s that yesterday’s disruptive technologies are just a new set of bowling pins about to be knocked down by tomorrow’s newest arrival.In his dark yet inspiring “closing rant” at South by Southwest Interactive, novelist and “futurist” Bruce Sterling delivered exactly such a message. One of the high points of his remarks came when he observed that he was likely to witness both the birth and death of the personal computer in his lifetime. Stuff that he helped dream up as a science fiction visionary is already almost <I>gone.</i>Continue Reading…

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