There are a few over-riding “qualities” that Dave has. We’re all fairly familiar with them, but they come together quite well in this piece on the evils of Feedburner.
He’s worried that some big mean company is going to… have power? “Force” us to add ads to our feeds? Who knows.
Actually, maybe he’s just worried that someone will do something really tacky and classless like taking down a free service that people have a lot of time and data invested in with no notice, and then only giving the data back to people that have been really nice and complimentary to them. You know… there might actually be some precedent for that concern.
The bottom line is that not only does Feedburner have no power (since every piece of data you send to them has a very short half-life) but even if they disappeared off the face of the earth tomorrow, all it really means is that some readers are going to have to change the address of some of their feeds and the bloggers are going to have to find a new way to do stats.
So what’s Dave’s real problem with FeedBurner?
Well, if it doesn’t require some bloated, kludge of a desktop program to run, then it’s just a way for some big company to control us. Dave’s hippie years are coming back… it’s The Man, man.