Because if so, I agree. They look like usenet newsreaders gone horribly right.
Yes, straw is exactly what I mean. I’ve been experimenting with it the past few days, although I can’t say I actually like it.
I think RSS will gradually become the new usenet, but with vastly different structure. There needs to be some unified protocol for posting comments though. Another big plus would be a collaborative filtering system for identifying interesting stories. That leads into the tough problem of quantifying journalistic integrity for smaller publishers.
But I digress…
By the way, are there any RSS feeds you would recommend?