Why Google Reader Really Got the Axe | Gadget Lab | Wired.com. It wasn't so long ago that I had to explain RSS (Really Simple Syndication) to audiences of lawyers who were just grasping the utility of email. Some of them never got it, and now RSS seems to be an old man's way to get the news. TV and Newspapers are still breathing, as news consumption devices; but, they are considered passe by many young people. Now, people like me who are computer savvy, are also considered old school because we troll RSS readers to get our news. Frankly, I trust myself to choose my news sources more than I trust a search engine, or a Twitter feed. RSS feeds are still the way that I get post ideas, and keep up with the subjects in which I am interested. So, I have replaced Google Reader with Feedly, and I am not looking back. Isn't it amazing that many of us are getting shallow, quick news tidbits from sites like Twitter, Pinterest,Facebook, Google+, and whatever other new social media is out there. Hey, kids, take a moment, and read some actual blogs. You might learn something.